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Chase City imposes $100 annual fee for vacant sites

SoVaNow.com / March 10, 2021
Chase City Town Council is requiring owners of vacant properties to pay a registration fee of $100 for each site under an ordinance adopted Monday night at Council’s monthly meeting.

Town Manager Dusty Forbes asked Council members to approve the change to the town code, explaining that derelict vacant buildings make Chase City appear run-down and unwelcoming. Forbes expressed the hope that by requiring owners of vacant and derelict buildings to pay a yearly registration fee, they would be discouraged from allowing the properties to fall into disrepair and be incentivized to find suitable tenants.

Similar provisions have proved successful in other locations around Virginia in the fight against blight, according to Forbes.

Under the new ordinance, owners of buildings that have been vacant for a continuous period of 12 months or more, and which meet the definition of derelict building, will have to register the buildings on an annual basis and pay an annual fee of $100. Forbes said the purpose of the fee is to “defray the cost of processing each registration.”

Property owners that fail to register their buildings will be fined $200, except if the property is located in a conservation and rehabilitation district or in other areas designated as blighted, in which case the penalty increases to $400.

In other action, Council approved a request from Glenn and Lisa Gillispie to rezone their property at 27 North Main Street from B-2 to R-1. They also agreed to hold a public hearing on April 12 for two matters — a request by MacCallum More Museum and Gardens for a conditional use permit to install a private well on the gardens property to be used for irrigation of plants and flowers, and a request by Paul Jackson to rezone property located at 757 Boyd Street from commercial to residential.

Council also adopted an updated hazard mitigation plan prepared by the Southside Planning District Commission. Forbes said the Town must adopt the updated plan in order to receive FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance in cases of emergency.

A provision to prohibit the installation of private wells in Town when public water is available was tabled until the April 12 meeting of Council.

At the request of Police Chief J. Jordan, Council members agreed to add to new positions to the department roster, that of lieutenant and corporal. Jordan said he planned to use the positions for advancement among existing members of his department. Currently the next highest-ranking officer below chief is that of sergeant.

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