Toot’s Creek Antique Mall is one of the first sites that greets visitors to the town of Halifax from the southern entrance on the frequently traveled 501 highway.
Soon, that entryway to town might be home to a recreational vehicle park, as well.
Toot’s Creek owner Dean Jones has submitted a rezoning application for the RV park on the parcels of land adjoining his antique mall. The land currently is zoned C-1 for commercial use.
Halifax Town Council at its Tuesday evening meeting set a public hearing for the next Town of Halifax Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Wenesday to gather input on the proposed RV park. The planning commission will make a recommendation on the rezoning application following the public hearing.
“I would like to construct a high end RV park consisting of approximately 30 RV sites that will be located to the rear and up the hill from Toots Creek Antique Mall,” Jones states in his proposal.
After the planning commission meeting, town council will have a second public hearing on Jones’ rezoning application for the RV park prior to making a final decision on the application. That public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 14.
Jones modeled his plan for the Toots Creek RV park after an RV park in North Carolina. His plan includes men’s and women’s bath/shower houses, a playground area, laundry area, dumpster site and RV sites to include water/sewer and electric hookups.
Jones included in his rezoning application signatures of approval from several adjoining property owners.
Halifax vice mayor Gail Bosiger commented at Tuesday’s council meeting, “It really looks like Mr. Jones has given due diligence to what he is planning.”
A downtown Halifax restaurant owner, Karen Schopen of Molasses Grill, questioned council at Tuesday’s meeting about Jones conducting preliminary work at the site of the proposed RV park prior to approval of the rezoning application.
“He’s provided preliminary plans and he’s cleared a site. He still has to get permission to construct what he’s anticipating constructing,” town manager Carl Espy replied.
“It’s just the conflict of seeing the development already occurring,” Schopen reiterated.
Jones also has secured a verbal agreement from the Virginia Department of Transportation for an entranceway for the proposed RV park in and out of Highway 501, but Espy clarified it is only a verbal agreement at this stage.
If the rezoning application for the RV park is approved, it would be Jones’ third business in the town of Halifax. In addition to Toots Creek Antique Mall, Jones plans to open Toots Creek Mini Storage on the lower level of Toots Creek Antique Mall in the spring of 2022.
Jones pointed out in his proposal for the RV park that Toots Creek Antique Mall draws shoppers from all over the country. He views the RV park as an opportunity to bring more revenue to the town of Halifax.
“Just like Toots Creek Antique Mall, Toots Creek RV Park will be a destination for guests to stay, shop and spend money in the town of Halifax instead of going elsewhere,” Jones states in his rezoning application.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, town council voted unanimously to appoint Frank Carr to the town of Halifax Planning Commission for a term through January 2025 and voted unanimously to ratify the appointment of Phillip Daniel Lloyd to the Halifax County Service Authority board of directors to complete the term of Kelly Phillips through 2022. Halifax police chief Stuart Comer also presented his department report for the month of October.