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Riverdale multi-family zoning request goes before South Boston council

SoVaNow.com / June 09, 2014
South Boston Town Council meets tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on Yancey Street for the final regular monthly session with Town Manager Ted Daniel at the helm.

Council has two public hearings on its agenda. The first involves a request for rezoning of a vacant lot fronting on Huell Matthews Highway, just south of the Dan River.

The owners, John Cannon and Ward Burton, are seeking a change under the DR Dan River District zone to R-4 High Density Residential, to allow for construction of multi-family residential apartments.

The second hearing is a rezoning request from Ray Conner to change a vacant lot fronting on Parker Avenue from R-2 Medium Density Residential to B-1 Neighborhood Business. The change would permit a personal service business to locate there.

Council will also host a public hearing on the town’s proposed fee and tax rates for the coming year. Under the new budget proposed for the town, no change in taxes is proposed for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Fees are largely unchanged, although some new ones are being added: a rental fee for the use of the multipurpose room at the Washington Coleman Community Center, a fireworks permit, a dangerous dog certificate and a permit fee for the sale of precious metals and gems.

Council also is expected to approve on first reading the town’s $9.1 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Council will also consider a request to charge off some $14,000 in delinquent taxes that are considered uncollectible.

Council members will also be asked to approve an amendment to the Town Code to permit fines for allowing dogs to run at large. Also, several appointments need to be made to the Industrial Development Authority, the Library Board, the Southside Planning District and the Halifax County Service Authority.

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Still flummoxes me that 2 years ago Cannon wanted to turn all of Riverdale into a wetlands park, yet he now wants to build a high-density residential building in a freaking flood plain? Mystery to me...


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