During Halifax Town Council’s (Virginia) meeting on Tuesday, business owner Dean Jones detailed hisproposal, putting forward his request to lift the proposed three-month limit for guests’ stay at Toots Creek .
As per the report, the council is expected to vote on Jones’ special use permit application for the park following a public hearing.
Jones lodged a proposal to build anwithin a C-1 commercial zoning district on property adjoining his Toots Creek Antique Mall.
Jones also requested town council members to lift the proposed three-month limit for guests’ stay at Toots Creek.
Jones explained that guests who are contractors might require a stay longer than three months, several months, or even several years, depending on the type of project they’re working on.
“My market niche that I am wanting are solar project workers, pipeline and power plant workers,nurses, workers that will be in the area while constructing buildings in our local industrial parks, and also workers that will come in when the new high school is being built,” Jones told the council. “All of the above may be here months or years depending on the project.”
If the town Halifax decides not to remove the three-month limit on guests staying at the proposed, Jones told the council that he would be forced to build the park inside Halifax County instead.
Jones said he had talked to an official in the county who has informed him that Halifax County doesn’t have a stay restriction.
“I must be able to sustain my business model, and it must be economically viable for me to open Toots Creekin the town of Halifax,” Jones stated. “I am fine with the condition stating that guests of the cannot be a permanent resident because I don’t want permanent residents either, and the Code of Virginia states that RV’s are a temporary dwelling.”
If the town of Halifax eliminates the three-month limit on guests’ stay at the park, Jones told the council that he plans to create a visually appealinglocated at Toots Creek and already has a natural buffer around the park that has between 15 to 20 trees across the property line. Jones also said that he would have green areas between each in the park.
Former Halifax town council member Bill Confroy also spoke in support of theduring Tuesday’s public comment portion of the council’s work session.
“A first-classcan accommodate a variety of people, like family members, vacationers, temporary workers, visitors for the Crossing of the Dan,” Confroy stated. “An investment of this kind will generate taxes, revenue, customers for local business. I believe a quality park will be a real asset to the town with the right zoning ordinance.”
This story originally appeared on The Gazette Virginian.