Rev. Debbie Lee Bryant, Pastor of Shorter’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church presented the following written comments:
September 9, 2008
To the Planning Commission of Northampton County, Virginia:
To the Board of Supervisors of Northampton County, Virginia:
My name is Rev. Debbie Lee Bryant, M.Div., Pastor, of Shorter’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 10228 Bayside Road, Bridgetown, Virginia 23405. Shorter’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded at its current site in 1866 in Bridgetown, the oldest village on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, continuously inhabited since the 1660’s. I am President of the Historical Bridgetown Community Association and we want to preserve the historical significance of Bridgetown and plan to get an historical marker for the village of Bridgetown and for Shorter’s Chapel. We want the churches to be “By-Right”, not with a “Special Use Permit”.
We, at Shorter’s Chapel A.M.E. Church have had several community meetings in August, to include the communities of Bridgetown; Trehernville; Birdsnest; and Sylvan Scene. All have or have formed community associations. We would like the following changes to be Proposed Future Land Use Map and note that we have met with Ms. Sandra Benson, Planning Director for Northampton County:
1). The community of Bridgetown wants Hamlet status, where houses currently are, and Shorter’s Chapel A.M.E. Church is located, not agricultural. Bridgetown is an historical area and we want to preserve the history, not destroy it. Petitions are attached, where there are no signatures, we are contacting the property owners now and ask you to give us more time to contact them…some of those properties are vacant and another is owned by a gentleman who