Town Planner Bonadeo Retiring; Replacement Appointed

Town Planner Tom Bonadeo's last day is May 28. (Wave photo)

Town Planner Tom Bonadeo’s last day is May 28. (Wave photo)


May 20, 2013

Cape Charles Town Planner Tom Bonadeo had planned to retire November 1, but recently moved up the date. His last day of work now will be Tuesday, May 28.

Town Manager Heather Arcos has announced that Robert Testerman will become the new Town Planner as of Friday, May 31.

Testerman is the Land Use Planner for Accomack County, where he has worked for six years.  He is a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech.

Arcos said that three candidates were interviewed for the Town Planner position.

One of Bonadeo’s final projects is to set limits on residential occupancy in the Harbor District. He has urged the Cape Charles Planning Commission to recommend that density be calculated according to a formula known as Floor Area Ratio (FAR).


The Wave reported in February that the Planning Commission voted to send a letter to Town Council requesting concurrence with using FAR to calculate housing density in the Harbor District.

Under Town regulations, public hearings are required to be held before either the Planning Commission can recommend or Town Council can approve a change to a zoning ordinance.

No public hearing has been held, but Town Council has scheduled a joint work session with the Planning Commission to learn about FAR.

The work session is 6 p.m. tonight (May 20) at Town Hall, and is open to the public.



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