Zoning Leads the Town Council November Agenda

Zoning amendments dominated the November Town Council Meeting held Tuesday night as the town moved forward with an array of changes. The majority of the issues dealt with the recent changes at the state level that require local governments to allow temporary family health care structures. This move is intended to allow families to install temporary dwellings on their property to provide care for family members who have persistent health needs. (See article).

Four sections of the town zoning code were amended to ensure that Berryville is in compliance. Town manger Keith Dalton commented that the changes put a significant burden on local governments but added that, “ It’s an attempt to make sure that families can keep family members close in an economical way.”

Also up for consideration the Berryville Planning Commission is recommending a text amendment to Section 607 C-1 Commercial Zoning District of the Town of Berryville Zoning Ordinance, establishing Recreational Commercial Indoor as a use by Special Permit. This request is sponsored by the planning commission and is being made by Jay Hillerson. Mr Hillerson owns property in the C-1 district and wants to create an indoor shooting range at his property located at 600 East Main Street. The vote Tuesday was not approval of the facility but was a change to the zoning code to allow for such businesses to open in the specified zoning district.

All zoning changes were passed by the council.

The Darby brook Home owners association has retained local attorney Scott Smalley to help them in their quest to shed property owned by their HOA (See article.) They seek to dissolve the HOA and have the town take over the properties currently held by the HOA. At last months council meeting the subject was broached and the towns staff did not support the move as the town would then be required to maintain the properties. At the meeting on Tuesday Mr Smalley introduced himself and said he hopes to work with the council to form an agreement similar to the deal that the town made with Hermitage regarding the maintenance of storm water retention areas.

A new business is looking to move into the space formerly occupied by Tri-County Farm Services. The town was contacted by Mike Spence of Meherrin Fertilizer who has expressed an interest in purchasing the former Tri-County Farm Services building located at 25 Cattleman’s Lane. Prior to purchase the business is seeking to secure funds from the Commonwealth’s Department of Rail and Transportation to improve the existing rail siding on the property. Meherrin Fertilizer asked for a resolution of support from the town. The resolution passed unanimously.

photo by Bonnie Jacobs

The Barns of Rose Hill continues to move along as Project Manager Stan Kerns took a few moments to update the council. The project is at the 25% – 30% completion stage and will reach a milestone Monday as the catwalk structure that will hold the new roof is installed. Town manager Keith Dalton brought up the Barns again later in the meeting suggesting that the town support an exhibit in the structure. During construction workers found agricultural graffiti dating back to the 1930’s. To save the section of wall that holds the graffiti, the town manager suggested the council agree to a $1350 change order to create a case around the section of wall that could also be used to house artifacts found on the site. The council agreed unanimously.