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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.

Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED BOUNDARY
LINE ADJUSTMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN
THE COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON AND THE TOWN OF EASTVILLE


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 15.2-3107 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, that the Board of Supervisors of Northampton County, Virginia (“Board of Supervisors”) and the Town Council of the Town Of Eastville, Virginia (“Town Council”) (together, “Parties”), will hold a joint public hearing on a proposed Boundary Line Adjustment Agreement Between The County Of Northampton And The Town Of Eastville (“Agreement”). Following the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council each intend to adopt a resolution approving the Agreement. The public hearing and meeting at which each governing body intends to take such action will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia.


The Agreement is authorized by Section 15.2-3106 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, and provides that the Town’s boundary line will be voluntarily adjusted (i) by incorporating into the Town all or portions of 150 parcels of land and adjacent public roads and rights-of-way that currently lie within the unincorporated portion of the County and (ii) by relocating from the Town into the unincorporated portion of the County two parcels of land. A survey plat attached to the Agreement depicts the modified boundary line of the Town as proposed by the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council.


The territory to be incorporated into the Town consists of four areas. One area lies to the north of the existing boundary of the Town and includes parcels along Selma Estates, Church Street, and Fox Court and ending with the Peirson property. A second area lies to the south of the existing boundary of the Town and includes the parcels ending north of the properties along Stump Town Drive. A third area lies to the east of the existing boundary of the Town and includes the parcels lying east of Canonie Atlantic Co., and along Rockefellow Lane and Station Lane. A fourth area lies to the northeast of the existing boundary of the Town and includes the parcels of E. Garrison Drummond and Douglas and Audrey Coburn.


The two parcels to be relocated from the Town into the unincorporated portion of the County lie within the Town along its existing southeastern boundary and include the parcels of Eastern Shore Associates, II and Robert P. Nottingham.


The proposed Agreement provides that the Parties, after approving the Agreement, shall promptly petition the Circuit Court of Northampton County to relocate and establish the boundary line as agreed upon, and that the new boundary line shall become effective at midnight on June 30, 2017. In the event a final court order has not been entered by that date, the new boundary line shall become effective at midnight on December 31st or at midnight on June 30th following entry of the final court order, whichever date occurs first. The Agreement further provides that the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council shall each bear one-half of the costs of newspaper publication.


A copy of the proposed Agreement, including the survey plat, and a map depicting the modified boundary line of the Town as proposed by the Board of Supervisors and the Town Council is on file in the office of the Clerk of the County Board of Supervisors located in the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia and in the office of the Clerk of the Town Council of the Town of Eastville, located in the Town Municipal Building, 5248 Willow Oak, Eastville, Virginia. Any person interested in the proposed Agreement may appear at the public hearing and present his or her views.


THE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY 2017 ELDERLY AND/OR HANDICAP PROGRAM IS UNDERWAY

APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY February 28, 2017

IF YOU ANSWER YES TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

1. Do you own and occupy, as your sole dwelling a property located in Northampton County, where you are responsible for paying the annual real estate taxes?

2. Are you at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled?

3. Is your household income less than $22,000.00?

4. Excluding your current home, is your net combined financial worth less than $80,000.00?

5. Are all county taxes paid?

THEN, YOU MAY QUALIFY!

PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE OFFICE AT 757-678-0446.

ELDERLY AND/OR HANDICAPPED PAPERWORK

ELDERLY AND/OR HANDICAPPED APPLICATION

 


PRESS RELEASE


Northampton County hires Director of Planning, Permitting & Enforcement

In the second phase of restructuring Northampton, Susan McGhee, a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Project Management Professional (PMP) has been hired as Director of Planning, Permitting & Enforcement.

Susan has 18 years of consulting engineering experience with Gannett Fleming Inc., starting in Harrisburg, PA in 1998, and relocating as a Project Manager to Virginia Beach, VA.  She was raised in rural west central Ohio and is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio and then graduated with a Masters of Engineering degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently certified as a Stormwater Management Plan Reviewer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Susan is an Associate Director of Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association and has been a member for several years. She has given presentations at previous Virginia Water Conferences and at regional Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) conferences.

With Gannett Fleming, Susan specialized in Dam Design and was responsible for managing multiple professional engineering services contracts.  In addition, she was in charge of preparation of erosion and sediment control plans and stormwater management plans for various civil upgrade projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Susan and her husband Tim, a retired Navy Chief, currently enjoy a small bungalow in Cheriton and have been active members of the community for the last four years. They are currently planning to build a homestead on their property near Eastville.

In a statement, Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Spencer Murray said, “We welcome Susan and Tim to Northampton County on a full-time basis.   Susan’s skills and management experience will be valuable as we move Northampton forward.”

 


PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors is receiving proposals from parties interested in the purchase of some or all of the properties as described below:

Tax Map 84-A-45 (old greenbox site near Bayview - .60± acre)

Tax Map 91-A-13A (old Home Demonstration Club picnic area [south of      Cape Charles] – 1.00 acre)

Applicants should submit a written purchase proposal, addressed to the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, Post Office Box 66, Eastville, Virginia  23347.   Proposals can be as generic or specific as the applicant wishes but they should keep in mind that the proposals will be presented in an open, public format.    Written proposals will be accepted at the County Administrator’s Office, 16404 Courthouse Road, Post Office Box 66, Eastville, Virginia  23347, not later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017.  Northampton County reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors is receiving proposals from parties interested in the purchase of some or all of the properties as described below:
Tax Map 58A1-A-72 (16407 and 16415 Courthouse Road)
Tax Map 58A1-A-73 (16403 Courthouse Road)
Tax Map 58A1-A-75 (16395 and 16399 Courthouse Road)
Tax Map 58A1-A-76 (immediately north of 16393 Courthouse Road)
Tax Map 58A1-A-77 (16385 Courthouse Road)

Detailed information packets are available from the County Administrator’s Office by calling 757/678-0440 ext. 516. Applicants should submit a written purchase proposal, addressed to the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, Post Office Box 66, Eastville, Virginia 23347. Proposals can be as generic or specific as the applicant wishes but they should keep in mind that the proposals will be presented in an open, public format. Proposals can be submitted for some or all of the parcels but must clearly indicate which parcel(s) are included in the offer. Written proposals will be accepted at the County Administrator’s Office, 16404 Courthouse Road, Post Office Box 66, Eastville, Virginia 23347, not later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017. The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


 

NEW PPTR TRUCK CHANGES FOR TAX YEAR 2017

Additional vehicles may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017

Due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles might now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.

The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds. As of January 1, 2017, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups. These vehicles will require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.

Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.

The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use. If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.

You can reclassify your vehicle by visiting your local DMV customer service center.

 


PUBLIC NOTICE


In accordance with the Northampton County Board of Supervisors' policy, please be advised that there will be appointment vacancies, effective December 31, 2016, on the following commissions and boards:


BOARD OF APPEALS FOR THE BUILDING INSPECTOR


EASTERN SHORE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD


PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS COMMITTEE


NORTHAMPTON COUNTY RECREATION BOARD (District 2 and At Large
representatives)


If citizens are interested in serving on any of these boards or commissions, they should contact the County Administrator's Office and complete a Board Bank Application not later than Tuesday, November 22, 2016 The Board Bank Application is also available online at the County's website.


PUBLIC NOTICE

The Winter Hours Schedule will commence at the Northampton County Sanitary Landfill on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and run through Saturday, February
25, 2017. That means that on Saturdays, the landfill's operating hours
will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.


PRESS RELEASE

Northampton County hires local civil engineer As Director of Public Works

Christopher A. Thomas, a resident of Cape Charles, has been hired as Director of Public Works in the second phase of Northampton County’s restructuring. He replaces Michael Thornes, who retired as of June 30, 2016. Chris graduates summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2009 in the top 5 of his class with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He will serve as Director of the Office of Public Works and Operations.

Northampton Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Spencer Murray commented, “We are delighted to have tapped this local talent who brings in-depth skills to our buildings and capital projects such as the EMS building as well as our County infrastructure.”

Chris currently is employed by the engineering firm of WM Schlosser in Chesapeake. He will be in his new position in Northampton effective November 1, 2016.

Already active in Northampton, Chris is an EMT and firefighter for Cheriton Volunteer Fire and Cape Charles Rescue.

In a related move, Jeff Doughty will be promoted to the new position of Assistant to the Public Works and Operations Director. Jeff will oversee the areas of Facilities Management, Public Utilities, and Harbors & Boat Ramps. Jeff currently serves as Water and Wastewater Technician. He will continue in this capacity as well as assuming his new management duties.

“The Board will continue to seek new talent, identify efficiencies to save money, and better serve our citizens,” said Murray.

John Andrzejewski, Acting County Administrator, said, “Please join us in welcoming and congratulating these two members of the Northampton team.”

 


NORTHAMPTON STARTS NEXT GENERAL REASSESSMENT

Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.

 


PUBLIC NOTICE

The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00p.m.

Meeting Location
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201

 


Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.

Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.

The Marketplace offers private health insurance.

Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.

If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:

Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767



TAX PAYMENTS:

Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.

 


Northampton County Low Lying Areas

Map of Northampton County Low Lying Areas

 


Land Use Information and Application Links:

Code of Virginia - "Agricultural and Forestal District Act"

Adopted AFD Policy

Applications:

Application for the creation of or addition to agricultural/forestal districts.

Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.

 


 

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