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Isle of Wight County's planning staff wants the Board of Supervisors to greatly enlarge the current Development Service District to accommodate high density residential development. Such development could then attract new businesses. The pink area is the current district, and the blue is where county staff would like to expand.  

 

Water deal cost: $250 mil.

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Isle of Wight is on the hook for its water deal. How much? Roughly a quarter of a billion dollars over the next 40 years.

That’s a tremendous increase of the $150 million figure previously cited by county officials and oft-reported in the Smithfield Times.

And all this pays for the county getting six times as much water as it currently uses. Eventually, the county will get 12 times as much water as it currently uses.

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And to pay for it? Lots of people

By Lee Zion

News editor

A new growth plan could change the face of Isle of Wight County.

It would bring in new business, residents and retail — while keeping 85 percent of the land in agriculture.

County staff say it could also solve Isle of Wight’s problems over the water deal, which will cost the county a quarter of a billion dollars over 40 years.

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Attention amateur photographers!

 

Take a shot of Windsor Castle Park — or a happening there — and enter The Smithfield Times Windsor Castle Park photo of the week contest.

Weekly winners will be printed in The Smithfield Times and entered into a year-end prize drawing in December. Photos are judged by The Smithfield Times news staff and local professional photographers. Judging criteria is based on exposure, lighting, composition and subject. One submission per person per week and photos must have been taken within the past year. To enter, send your JPEG digital image by 4 p.m. Friday to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include name, address, phone number, age and any additional information about the photograph. 

For more information,  calls news editor Diana McFarland at 357-3288.

 
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