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New Business   Item #: B.
Request for a Zoning Code Amendment to Permit Hotels by Special Use Permit in the TO-C, Transitional Office Commercial District
Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.
Business Meeting: 08/08/2019
A request has been filed to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, more specifically Article 3.I entitled “TO-C, Transitional Office”, Section C, entitled “Uses Permitted by Special Use Permit” by adding Item 24 for hotels and motels.
Mid-Atlantic Prospects, the applicant, is proposing to redevelop two (2) medical office buildings into a hotel at 990 Main Street and 108 Holbrook Street. As proposed, the hotel will contain up to forty (40) suites. This use is currently not permitted in the TO-C Transitional Office District in which the properties are located. Therefore, the applicant is requesting to allow hotels by Special Use Permit in this zoning district. The applicant is also requesting a Special Use Permit for the development.
The Zoning Ordinance currently defines hotels and motels as follows:
"A building or portion thereof or a group of buildings which provide sleeping accommodations in six (6) or more separate units or rooms for transients on a daily, weekly, or similar short-term basis for reasonable monetary compensation, whether such establishment is designated as a hotel, inn, automobile court, motel, motor lodge, tourist cabin, tourist court, tourist home or otherwise. A hotel or motel shall be deemed to include any establishment which provides residential living accommodations for transients on a short-term basis, such as an apartment hotel, but not to include a homeless shelter."
Hotels and motels are currently permitted by right in most commercial districts, and most industrial districts. The use is not permitted in any residential district, the N-C Neighborhood Commercial District, TO-C Transitional Office District, or the LED-I Light Economic Development Industrial District.
Danville 2030: Comprehensive Plan
contains a goal of promoting heritage tourism, such as related to the historic district in which the subject parcels are located. Although there are local hotel options, a preliminary study for the City’s Department of Economic Development indicates that there are insufficient short-term rental options. Additional hotels may be needed to meet current and future demand for tourists and other visitors.
At their July 8 meeting, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 (Commissioner Wilson was absent) to recommend approval of the request.
It is recommended that City Council adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986 more specifically Article 3.I entitled “TO-C, Transitional Office”, Section C entitled “Uses Permitted by Special Use Permit” by adding Item 24 for hotels and motels.
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