Hampton zoning changes approved

An ordinance including amendments to Hampton’s zoning map was approved Aug. 14 at the City Council’s regular monthly meeting, but not without controversy.

A mixed-use zoning district and possible multi-family housing were the primary reasons for opposition, as a number of citizens spoke out against those components at the meeting and a petition with more than 300 signatures in opposition was entered into the record. Various amendments to the ordinance were suggested but were either voted down or died for lack of a second.

The ordinance ultimately passed 4-2, with Stephanie Bodie and Henry Byrd voting against.