Halifax Town Council plans to set a public hearing for a special use permit application for James Edmunds to build a studio apartment in Halifax when members meet Tuesday at Halifax Town Hall.
Council will first meet at 6:30 in a work session before entering the monthly meeting immediately afterwards.
The Halifax Planning Commission reviewed this special use permit application when they met on Aug. 28.
The apartment would adjoin Caterer’s Kitchen behind retail space at 60 South Main Street, which is in a C-1 Commercial Zoning District.
Halifax County Republican campaign headquarters is located at 60 South Main Street.
In addition to setting the public hearing, council members are expected to hear the Halifax Police Department monthly report from Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer before signing two resolutions.
One resolution is presented by the Daughters of the American Resolution recognizing Sept. 17 – 23 as “Constitution Week.”
The Banister River Garden Club also is asking council to sign a resolution recognizing this year as the club’s 65th anniversary.
Prior to the meeting, council will meet in its work session where members are expected to hear from a Community Arts Center Foundation representative about a Creative Communities Partnership Grant Award from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Business development chair Mike Trent, finance chairman Bill Covington and current affairs chairman Bill Confroy also are slated to discuss a number of topics.
Included in those discussions is a recommendation for home-based businesses in Halifax, a R-1 Residential Zoning District.
Near the end of June, council denied Erin Shaughnessy’s special use permit application to operate as a LuLaRoe consultant from her Halifax home at 615 Mountain Road.
The definition of home occupation says that a business could be allowed if “no person not a resident on the premises is employed, no stock is kept or commodities sold, no mechanical equipment is used except such that is normally used for purely domestic or household purposes, no advertising sign is displayed, and there is no exterior evidence that the building is being used for any purpose other than a dwelling, and there is no motor vehicle regularly operated from the premises that carries advertising.”
While Shaughnessy explained to council and the Halifax Planning Commission that most of her business is conducted online, she does keep some stock, hosts two-hour open houses occasionally and has a mobile boutique, which has a LuLaRoe logo on one side, that she often uses at the farmers market.
According to Shaughnessy, her stock is usually in one or two boxes shipped from the LulaRoe warehouse.
“Nothing out of the ordinary,” she added.
Regardless of the quantity, planning commission chairman Ron Reiter said because the business is “in violation of the current ordinance, I see nothing we can do but recommend denial.”
Following their recommendation, council member Trent suggested the commission look at the ordinance to see if any changes should be made.
Since that meeting Reiter and Carl Espy, town manager and zoning administrator, have studied the current definition of home occupation and reviewed Campbell County’s, Chesterfield County’s, Fredericksburg’s, Front Royal’s, Leesburg’s, Nortolk’s, Portsmouth’s, Roanoke’s and Smithfield’s definitions of home occupation.
Harvey Throckmorton, Shaughnessy’s father, also spoke on her behalf at council’s August meeting saying he had hoped they all had “seen a noticeable change since she moved in.” He said she has cleared the area, cleaned and sprayed.
“She is an asset to Halifax County,” said Throckmorton.
A time for public comment also will be held Tuesday during both the work session and the meeting.