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South Boston zone changes approved

SoVaNow.com / February 14, 2014
South Boston Town Council on Monday night gave its unanimous approval to the proposed zoning and accompanying zoning map which has been under serious consideration for the past several months. The new zones had been recommended for approval by the Town’s Planning Commission, but had drawn opposition from several business and property owners along Seymour Drive and in the Riverdale area.

Several of those who had opposed the new zoning spoke on Monday night addressing their concerns. John Cannon who was concerned that the newly created Dan River District would negate his plans for a four story student housing complex to be located along the banks of the Dan River once more said he needs friendly zoning in order for his project to move forward.

Others addressing Council were Garland Ricketts, David Myers and Morgan Miller, all concerned about the zoning along Seymour Drive.

Council members assured the speakers that their concerns would be properly addressed by taking them to the Town Planning Commission which meets on March 12. “They will work with everyone in every way possible to address your needs,” Council member Coleman Speece said.

Council also approved an amendment to the Town Code which eliminates the length of time that appointees may serve on boards, commissions and committees. Appointees now will all serve instead at the pleasure of Council.

Following approval of the elimination of term limits Council re-appointed George Leonard, Fields Thomas and Harriett Claiborne to continue serving on the Town’s Planning Commission.

They also reappointed Charles Phillips to the Halifax County Improvement Council, while naming Jennifer Stevens to also serve on the Improvement Council. They further recommended to the Halifax County Circuit Court Judge the name of Alex Tucker to serve on the Town’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

Council also heard a report from Mark Estes, Director of the Halifax County Service Authoirty on the problems with leakagfe from the Eden, NC Dan River Steam Station’s coal ash spill which occurred last Sunday. Estes assured Council that the Authority’s water is safe for drinking, adding that he is staying in close contact with environmental experts who are monitoring the situation.





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