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Virginia Board Approves Zoning For New State Park

The Gloucester County (Va.) Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a rezoning Tuesday (Aug. 7) night that will pave the way for a state park to be built on more than 640 acres of land known as Timberneck Farm.

The board voted 5-2 on the matter following a public hearing, which brought a wide range of comments from residents and nearby property owners, according to The Gazette Journal.

The property was originally zoned for a 49-lot residential subdivision. However, the developer for the project was unable to develop the land and placed it for sale, allowing a private entity called The Conservation Fund to purchase the land. Now that the rezoning has been approved, The Conservation Fund is expected to turn the property over to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in 2019.

Phase-one construction on the site, which will be completed while the property is still owned by The Conservation Fund, will include a 30-site campground with a bathhouse, 16 primitive walk-in tent sites, 14 RV sites and a kayak/canoe launch.

Subsequent phases will include cabins, a visitor center, hiking trails, staff housing and more.

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