Public Hearing Tuesday to Amend RV Ordinance | City of Halifax

A public hearing has been set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Halifax City Hall for Halifax City Council to receive feedback on changes to its zoning ordinance with respect to recreational vehicles following the its working session at 6:30 p.m.

They are considering adding the definitions of recreational vehicle, recreational vehicle fleet and certain permitted uses in Commercial Zoning District C-1, including recreational vehicle fleet with special use permit.

Halifax business owner Dean Jones has applied for a special use permit to build an RV park in a C-1 commercial zoning district, on the parcels of land adjacent to his Toots Creek Ancient Mall.

The City of Halifax Planning Commission recommended council approve the application for a special use permit.

The Halifax Planning Commission has also approved amendments to the City of Halifax Zoning Ordinance to include definitions of Recreational Vehicle, Recreational Vehicle Park and certain permitted uses within a Commercial Zoning District C -1.

The proposed changes include a definition of recreational vehicle which states that they must be “fully registered and legal to operate on the road”.

The amendments also state that each recreational vehicle site must be at least 1,800 square feet in area with no dimension less than 30 feet at its narrowest point.

The RV park should also not exceed a maximum of 20 lots per gross acre and no part of an RV should be placed within 8 feet of an RV site.

The occupancy requirements in the proposed amendments state that “no person shall be occupied or reside in a recreational vehicle fleet for more than 90 days/3 months in any year”.

The proposed changes also include quiet hours, which will be from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to Jones.

Guests will check in after 1:00 p.m. and check out at 11:00 a.m. No late arrivals will be allowed after 9:00 p.m.

Fireworks, firearms and explosives are prohibited along with all varieties and forms of controlled substances.

Golf carts will be the only off-road vehicle permitted on the property.

“All vehicles and sites must be maintained in a clean and orderly condition and free from any condition that could threaten the health or safety of any occupant or the public, or constitute a nuisance,” according to the code.

A City of Halifax Business License and Sign Permit must be approved prior to opening.

The Special Use Permit, if approved, will be valid for three years.

Council should consider taking action regarding the zoning changes and the special user permit following the public hearing.

Council must also consider authorizing an IRF planning grant agreement with Hill Studio PC for the Halifax Exxon-Main Street Plaza redevelopment project feasibility study.

Council authorized the purchase of the former service station on South Main Street at its December meeting at a cost of $220,000 plus $2,077 for closing costs.

In January, council unanimously agreed to allow city staff to seek assistance from the Southside District Planning Commission for the Department’s Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) planning grant application. of Virginia Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Funding could be used for a variety of activities, including surveying vacant and degraded structures, evaluating code and zoning, scheduling or building surveys, developing forms, developing construction budget or preliminary design concepts and basic rendering sketches.

Possible plans for the former Exxon station include integrating the site into the downtown parking lot, pedestrian traffic, and “development for a healthier business climate.”

Council should also consider authorizing the construction price for the ChangeX Alleyway project, which is subject to final bid analysis, permitting and construction/maintenance agreement.

Plans for the alley include an available outdoor dining area, free Wi-Fi for all provided by Hite Insurance and outdoor games for children of all ages, and a mural has been painted in the space .

A resolution honoring the public service of HC Phillips Sr. is also on Tuesday’s agenda.

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