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York County

The same Tim McCoulloch that was fined for illegal activities by the state bord of elections for activities while campainging for Don Wiggins

Garrett opponent appointed to York Planning Commission

 By Amanda Kerr, akerr@dailypress.com | 757-247-4733

5:50 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2012

 

YORK — A York resident who supported a controversial proposed ordinance amendment to remove commercial aquaculture from two zoning districts has been appointed to the County Planning Commission.

The Board of Supervisors during its meeting last week appointed Timothy McCulloch to a four-year term as the District 3 representative on the Planning Commission. McCulloch replaces outgoing Commissioner Sean Fisher.

Last year McCulloch served on an ad hoc committee evaluating the proposed ordinance change that would have removed commercial aquaculture as an accessory use in the rural residential and resource conservation zoning districts. McCulloch said he supported the change to allow York County to retain local control of land use. The Board of Supervisors earlier this year withdrew the proposed ordinance change.

McCulloch, a Dandy resident, has been a vocal opponent of his neighbor Greg Garrett's commercial oyster farm next door. He has previously said his disapproval of Garrett's oyster operation is because it is a commercial use on residential property.

 

McCulloch, who owns property next to his home zoned water commercial industrial that allows commercial aquaculture without a county permit, plans to have his own commercial oyster operation there.

District 3 Supervisor Don Wiggins, who has known McCulloch for a few years, said he encouraged McCulloch to apply for the Planning Commission because he is "intelligent and knowledgeable."

"When you're talking about property rights and people who own property that might be threatened by a business that the people don't want, he's very knowledgeable on that subject," Wiggins said.

Wiggins acknowledged that McCulloch's appointment could be seen as controversial, but he said he felt McCulloch was the "best person for the job" and he isn't worried that his issues with Garrett will interfere with "his abilities to do the job."

"I feel he will not take a biased outlook on the subject (of land use)," he said.

McCulloch said he decided to apply for the Planning Commission because he wanted to "do something for the county." He said his appointment should not be seen as controversial because it is "not a political position" and his issues with Garrett will not affect his ability to serve.

"If there are occasions where a conflict of interest exists I will recuse myself," he said

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