Allowing solar energy facilities in town and rezoning a Riverdale property for business use as a car wash are up for South Boston Town Council’s consideration at an upcoming work session meeting.

The meeting is set for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Washington Coleman Community Center at 1929 Jeffress Blvd.

Cenergy, a California-based commercial solar developer, is requesting the development of a 15-megawatt solar facility in a South Boston agricultural district. The proposed solar farm would encompass about 95 acres of land.

The town council at its May 11 meeting unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to add a text amendment to the town ordinance to allow solar energy facilities in the town’s agricultural districts, by special use permit only. The resolution then went to the planning commission for review.

Council is slated to discuss the planning commission’s recommendations on amending the town ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting. No action on the recommendations will be taken until the conclusion of a June 8 public hearing on the allowance of solar energy facility operations.

A public hearing for the conditional zoning request for the proposed car wash in Riverdale also is scheduled for the June 8 meeting. Ricky Parker of Crum Enterprises has submitted the request for the conditional zoning of parcels of land on Huell Matthews Highway from Dan River District to a B-2 General Business District to allow the opening of a car wash.

The Riverdale property at one time functioned as a self-service car wash and still has six existing car wash bays, according to Parker’s zoning request.

“The car wash is not and has not been in service for several years. The building has only been used for a pet shop and temporary storage, as I understand,” Parker wrote in his request. “My request for rezoning would involve reintroducing a car wash at this property…Plans are to initially have only hand wash and detailing services in some of the existing bays…However, my plans would be to bring at least three self-service bays into service over the next 24 months.”

Council also is expected to continue its discussion of proposed projects in the Sinai community. Current issues committee chairman Bob Hughes is slated to give the staff report on the requested projects – a sidewalk on Sinai Road, a public park and road repairs as presented by Sinai resident Anthony Womack at council’s May 11 meeting.

In other current issues, council is slated to consider members’ appointments to six boards with terms expiring June 30.

The town’s finances are expected to be another main topic of discussion at the work session meeting.

Council is slated to review several amendments to the town’s budget for the current fiscal year (2019-2020). A public hearing and proposed adoption of the amendments are on the agenda for the next council meeting on June 8.

The budget amendments increase general fund revenue expenditures by $316,693 for the following: Imperial Lofts, LLC Loans - $182,947, public works equipment paid for with FEMA grant funds - $88,746, and the Poplar Creek Homes project - $45,000.

Council also is expected to review the proposed $12,463,814 budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. The budget contains no tax or fee increases. It is slated to be presented for adoption at council’s June 8 meeting. A second reading and adoption of an appropriation resolution is on the agenda for council’s June 29 meeting.

Only one change has been made in the proposed fee and tax listing for FY 2020-2021: the addition of a seasonal peddlers’ fee in the amount of $250. Council decided to give peddlers the option next year to purchase the seasonal peddlers’ license good for six months or a $500 peddlers’ license good for one year.

Also up for council’s consideration is a recodification of town ordinances by Municode, at a cost of $19,800. The last recodification was done in 1996, and 16 supplements have been added since then.

Finally, finance committee chairman Bill Snead is expected to give the town’s financial report for the month of April at Tuesday’s meeting.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at