Accomack rezones 28 acres for potential Rocket Lab manufacturing site

Accomack rezones 28 acres for potential Rocket Lab manufacturing site

The site of a former chicken farm could become a rocket ranch.

On Wednesday, the Accomack County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to rezone 28 acres of land west of the Wallops Gate from agricultural to industrial.

The rezoning will allow Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport to build a 150,000-square-foot building that would manufacture Rocket Lab’s Neutron rocket.

In 2024, Rocket Lab plans to send humans to space in the proposed Neutron rocket from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

In addition to approving the rezoning, the board also approved two conditional use permits. The first allows the development of more than 10 acres in the Industrial Zoning District, while the second allows the storage of hazardous chemicals and materials on the land.

All three motions passed unanimously.

“From an aerospace point of view, this puts Accomack County, Wallops Island, NASA (and) Virginia Space in the world view,” Board Chair Ron Wolff said during Wednesdayboard meeting. “This is humongous.”

If the manufacturing building is constructed, it would create at least 250 jobs in the county.

The building would also be used to construct Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, which was first launched from the Wallops Flight Facility in 2020.

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