Virginia Marine Resources Commission

York Planning Commission supports new oyster farm

York Planning Commission supports new oyster farm

YORK — The York County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a new commercial oyster farm operation.

The Board of Supervisors will get the final say at its Sept. 16 meeting.

The application, submitted by Lee Riggins Rich who lives at the end of Calthrop Neck Road near the intersection of the Poquoson River and Lamb's Creek, included a request for three non-resident employees to help haul cages and harvest oysters from the water near her home. Rich has leased 60 acres of oyster grounds from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission in the waters adjacent to her property.

This is the third application for a home-based watermen business, which until...