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CL- 2184 New Business   Item #:   C.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 09/03/2019  
Subject:    Request for a Zoning Code Amendment to Permit Manufactured Housing in the NT-R, Neo-Traditional Residential District
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     09/03/2019
SUMMARY
A request has been filed to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, more specifically, various sections and subsections of Article 3.D entitled “NT-R, Neo-Traditional Residential District”.  The purpose of the amendment is to address permitted uses within the NT-R District.
 
BACKGROUND
The Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (DRHA) is proposing to implement a manufactured housing pilot project. This project involves eight (8) total vacant parcels on Franklin Street, Beauregard Street, and Lee Street. This project is intended to test the viability of manufactured housing to provide affordable housing when constructed to modern standards and converted to real property. Planning Commission discussed this request at a work session on August 5, 2019.
 
A similar request was considered at the Planning Commission’s June 2019 meeting for twenty-one (21) vacant parcels on Shelton Street, Cabell Street, and Monument Street.  After the request received public opposition and was tabled, DRHA withdrew that original request. DRHA has now submitted a new request to implement the demonstration project on separately selected parcels. Only two of the new parcels are located in the Monument-Berryman Redevelopment Area.

To develop the project, DRHA has submitted three (3) separate zoning requests. The requests are as follows: (1) Code Amendment to allow for manufactured housing in the NT-R, Neo-Traditional District (presented separately); (2) Rezone eight (8) parcels from OT-R, Old Town Residential District to NT-R, Neo-Traditional Residential District; and (3) a special Use Permit to permit manufactured housing on the rezoned parcels.

The Danville 2030: Comprehensive Plan recommends the City support housing in and around the River District. The selected parcels are encouraged to be mixed-use, and specifies the NT-R District as compatible with the mixed-use designation.

At their August 12, 2019 meeting, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 (Commissioner Bolton was absent) to recommend approval of the request.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council adopt an ordinance to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986 more specifically various sections and subsections of Article 3.D entitled “NT-R, Neo-Traditional Residential District”. 

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