Aquaculture production activities; authority of local governments. (SB1190)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Aquaculture; Virginia Marine Resources Commission; authority of local governments.  Expands the definition of agricultural production activities in the "Right to Farm Act" to include the practice of aquaculture. In areas zoned as agricultural or silvicultural, no special use permit shall be required for such activities. Localities are restricted from regulating the aquaculture production activities of riparian landowners on their own land and piers. Those piers placed for noncommercial purposes and exempt from regulation from the Marine Resources Commission may retain such status even if the private pier is used by its owner for certain aquaculture activities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101437D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/07/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Committee substitute printed 11104464D-S1
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Read second time
02/08/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104464D-S1
02/08/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1190S1
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Placed on Calendar
02/09/2011Read first time
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/16/2011Tabled in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (12-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 24 minutes.


Maria Tiller writes:

This bill should NOT be passed. COMMERCIAL oyster growing and processing on PRIVATE property in RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS should be considered on a case by case basis at the LOCAL level. At the county level the neighboring homeowners rights to peace and privacy in their homes and on their property are considered as well. This bill lumps ALL waterfront property into the same catagory when not every situation is suitable!

mary ellen wildman writes:

i am opposed to bill 1190 since it is commercial enterprise in a residentially zoned neighborhood-the count already defeated the proposal 6-0-it should remain a local issue