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South Boston readies zoning changes / November 21, 2013

The Town of South Boston is preparing to overhaul local zoning with the adoption of six new land use types.

The aim, said Town Manager Ted Daniel, is to align the zoning ordinance with South Boston’s Comprehensive Plan 2030, which envisions clusters of development around the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, North Main Street and the Washington-Coleman Community Center, and a wetlands park where the Riverdale flood plain lies.

Town Manager Ted Daniel explained the proposed ordinance changes to members of the South Boston Planning Commission on Wednesday.

He noted that many of the changes are housekeeping items, needed for clarification and to ease administration and public use of the zoning ordinance.

Town Council and the Planning Commission have scheduled a joint public hearing for Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in Town Council chambers to receive public input on the proposed changes.

The new zones would include:

Rural Residential Agriculture District, which will permit large lot residential and agricultural development with limited public utilities. A minimum of a two-acre lot per dwelling unit is required to qualify for this designation.

Dan River District, which will delineate suitable land uses in existing developed areas that lie within the Dan River floodway. Permitted activities will be restricted to agriculture, forestry, public facilities and utilities, public parks and recreation, banks, restaurants, offices, convenience stores and retail shops of less than 1,500 square feet, motor vehicle and boat sales, service and repair and service businesses.

Planned Development Mixed Use District, which will provide for a mixture of residential, civic and business uses on lots with a ten-acre minimum size. The zone will permit a maximum of ten dwelling units per acre, requiring 20 percent open space with building heights limited to 35 feet.

Planned/Development Educational and Institutional District, designed to foster large-scale educational and institutional campus development in the vicinity of the SVHEC. This zone will allow the development of multiple mixed-use buildings on a minimum two acre lot, with 30 percent of the area set aside for open space. The maximum building height will be 60 feet.

A Historic Overlay District will preserve areas of significant historic, architectural or cultural interest.

A Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District will promote infill development of neighborhoods identified for conservation and rehabilitation.

Two of the town’s current districts are being eliminated — the Transitional T-1 District and the Adaptive Reuse District. Other existing districts will undergo minor changes to bring them up to current-day zoning standards.

Daniel told town planners last night that he and Assistant Planner Hope Cole have spent nearly a year and a half getting the appropriate changes in place for the amended ordinance. He said the changes will make the zoning ordinance more user friendly and reflect the input of local developers.

Daniel noted that the public will have a chance to comment on those changes at the December 9 joint session.

The amended ordinance will be advertised in the local newspapers next week, and Daniel said nearly 4,000 letters will be going out to property owners, explaining the proposed changes.

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So how much money is the town going to make by buying land and then turning Riverdale into a "wetlands park". How much tax revenue will you collect from a "wetlands park"? What are you going to do charge admission? Seems to me you have business there that is generating some tax revenue. Why spend money to buy them out? Come on tell the truth. Somebody is gonna get paid! Does it have anything to do with United Nations Agenda 21 plan?
You damn snakes in the grass!


Amazingly it looks like they DID address that concern. Maybe because, in spite of Ol' Loose Cannon still wanting his wetlands park,
they've finally realised what a firestorm they'd ignite by trying to tear down existing tax-producing businesses. Riverdale business owners are nothing if not feisty and loyal to their location.

"Permitted activities will be restricted to agriculture, forestry, public facilities and utilities, public parks and recreation, banks, restaurants, offices, convenience stores and retail shops of less than 1,500 square feet, motor vehicle and boat sales, service and repair and service businesses"

Bottom line, it's Riverdale and it's looked like that since I was a little bitty boy back in the 1950s. It's producing a tax and business license revenue stream, which a wetlands park could never do. Deal with it.

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