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Rezoning request on agenda

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving a request for rezoning that potentially would allow the construction of a Dollar General across from Sanville Elementary School.

Before the supervisors make their recommendation, a public hearing regarding the request will be held at the board’s 6 p.m. regular monthly meeting at the county administration building.

At a May 14 meeting of the Henry County Planning Commission, the commission voted to recommend the request to rezone the property at 3874 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett, as Neighborhood Commercial District B-2.

This zoning designation would allow the construction of a 2,000-square-foot retail site on the property.

However, PAR 3 Development Group LLC intends to build a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store on the site. The added square footage requires a special use permit from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), assuming that the supervisors approve the rezoning request.

The planning commission recommended the rezoning request in a 4-1 vote, with the stipulation that the BZA be informed that the planning commission did not recommend the corresponding special use permit out of concern that it would defeat the character and intent of the neighborhood commercial district.

Also at their 6 p.m. meeting, the supervisors are scheduled to:

• Consider approving additional appropriations of $6.5 million from the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission following a public hearing.

Previously, Henry County was awarded $6.5 million from the tobacco commission to assist with the development of Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre. The board needs to appropriate the funds.

Because the requested appropriation is greater than 1 percent of the total county budget, a public hearing is required before the board can take action on the request.

• Consider accepting and appropriating an Economic Impact Grant following a public hearing.

According to board documents, county staff has been working with the Rural Development division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to secure an Economic Impact Grant of $50,700 that would be used toward buying replacement vehicles for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The replacement vehicles would be in addition to the eight vehicles the board included in the fiscal 2015 budget.

A local match of $323,300 has been included in the grant proposal, which is the amount the board spent in fiscal 2014 on replacement vehicles, subtracting the new $50,700.

• Hear a report on general highway matters from Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Lisa Hughes.

• Consider approving the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 2014-2020 Six-Year Secondary Road Plan for Henry County.

• Hear matters presented by the public.

Chad Martin of the Give Back Foundation has requested time on the agenda to discuss an upcoming community event to celebrate and encourage responsible fatherhood.


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