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CL- 1979 New Business   Item #:   H.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 09/04/2018  
Subject:    Request to Amend Article 3:M of the City Zoning Code to Allow for Urban Agriculture by Special Use Permit
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     09/04/2018
SUMMARY
Request to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986 as amended more specifically, Article 3.M: entitled “HR-C Highway Retail Commercial”, Section C. entitled “Uses Permitted by Special Use Permit” by adding item #28 to allow for Urban agriculture.
BACKGROUND
There has been a request to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia, 1986 as amended, more specifically, Article 3.M: entitled “HR-C Highway Retail Commercial”, Section C. entitled “Uses Permitted by Special Use Permit” by adding item #28 to allow for Urban agriculture.
 
Urban agriculture is defined in the Zoning Ordinance as:
 
“Urban agriculture. The production, keeping or maintenance, for sale or lease on lots or portions of lots equal to or less than two (2) acres, of plants and animals useful to man, including, but not limited to: forage and sod crops, grains and seed crops; dairy animals and dairy products; poultry and poultry products; livestock, including beef cattle, sheep, swine, horses, ponies, mules, goats or any mutations or hybrids thereof, including the breeding and grazing of any or all such animals; bees and apiary products; fur animals; trees and forest products; fruits of all kinds, including grapes, nuts and berries; vegetables; nursery, flora, ornamental and greenhouse products. The raising of livestock shall be no more than one (1) form of livestock animal or five (5) poultry per every three (3) acres. This district does not permit feed lots and confinement operations for swine, veal, poultry and the like.”
 
At present, there are unused lots within the HR-C Highway Retail Commercial District which offer viable sites for urban agriculture. In the Danville: 2030 Comprehensive Plan, some of these sites are marked for future open space. Additionally, urban agriculture use would allow use of properties in this district even if development might be discouraged, such as for properties existing in the Flood Zone. However, not all properties in this district are suitable for urban agriculture. Therefore, this use should be subject to approval through a special use permit, granted by City Council with the advice of the City Planning Commission.

At their meeting of August 13, 2018, the Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the request.
RECOMMENDATION
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, as amended, more specifically, Article 3.M: entitled “HR-C Highway Retail Commercial”, Section C. entitled “Uses Permitted by Special Use Permit” by adding item #28 to allow for Urban agriculture.

 

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