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CL- 2035 New Business   Item #:   B.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 12/04/2018  
Subject:    Request for a Special Use Permit to Operate a Bed and Breakfast at 327 W. Main Street.
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     12/04/2018
SUMMARY
A request has been filed by William C. Doss requesting a Special Use Permit to operate a bed and breakfast in accordance with Article 3:E, Section C, Item 3 of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, as amended at 327 W. Main Street, otherwise known as Grid 1719, Block 022, Parcel 000023. The applicant is proposing to operate a bed and breakfast.
 
BACKGROUND
An application has been filed by William C. Doss requesting a Special Use Permit to operate a bed and breakfast in accordance with Article 3:E, Section C, Item 3 of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, as amended at 327 W. Main Street, otherwise known as Grid 1719, Block 022, Parcel 000023 of the City of Danville, Virginia Zoning District Map.
 
The applicant is proposing to operate a bed and breakfast on a residential property. The proposed use will be listed on Airbnb. This use is defined in the Zoning Ordinance as:
 
“Bed and breakfast lodging. A single family dwelling, occupied by its owner or operator, containing sleeping and breakfast accommodations as an accessory use to the principal use as a private residence. Such lodging shall have no more than eight (8) room accommodations for transient persons and wherein a charge is normally paid for such accommodations. A bed and breakfast may include banquet/event facilities for private parties as an accessory use.”
 
Currently, bed and breakfast establishments are only permitted by-right in four (4) of six (6) commercial districts and by special use permit in seven (7) of eight (8) residential districts.  Requiring a special use permit allows the City to protect the continued residential nature and use of the residential districts, without the presence of excess transient individuals.
 
This request was originally considered by the Planning Commission on October 8, 2018.  At that time, the Commission voted to table the request.  The decision was made to allow the applicant time to discuss parking concerns with neighbors.
 
At their meeting of The Planning Commission voted 6-0 (Commissioner Bolton absent) to recommend approval of the request subject to the following conditions:
 
1.          The property continue to primarily be used as a residential property occupied by the owner or operator of the bed and breakfast;
2. Guests may not stay for longer than thirty (30) consecutive calendar days;
3. The bed and breakfast may not include banquet/event facilities for private parties as an accessory use;
4. The facility shall use no more than two (2) guest rooms for occupancy, and only one (1) guest car at any time; and
5. The facility shall contain no visible business signage.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council adopt an Ordinance granting a Special Use Permit to operate a bed and breakfast in accordance with Article 3:E, Section C, Item 3 of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, as amended at 327 W. Main Street, otherwise known as Grid 1719, Block 022, Parcel 000023 subject to the following conditions:
 
1.          The property continues to primarily be used as a residential property occupied by the owner or operator of the bed and breakfast;
2. Guests may not stay for longer than thirty (30) consecutive calendar days;
3. The bed and breakfast may not include banquet/event facilities for private parties as an accessory use;
4. The facility shall use no more than two (2) guest rooms for occupancy, and only one (1) guest car at any time; and
5. The facility shall contain no visible business signage.

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