The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, March 11, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Rocky Mount Town Council will hold two public hearings tonight (March 11) to hear a special use permit request for a ceramic business and rezone request to convert a single family house into three apartments.
The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the town municipal building, followed by council's regular meeting.
Peggy Shilling is seeking a special use permit to operate kilns in relation to the manufacture and retail sales of ceramics at 451 South Main Street, across from Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. The businesses is Ceramic Tradition.
The business has over 10,000 molds to make items such as plates, bowls and figurines, according to a staff report. The kilns to be used are electric powered with digital controls and automatic shutoffs.
The Rocky Mount Planning Commission voted unanimously on March 5 to recommend approval of the special use permit.
The second public hearing is a rezoning request, submitted by Larry and Glenna Moore, to rezone property at 85 Claiborne Avenue from R-2 (medium density residential) to R3 (high density residential).
The building appears to have had separate access and multiple tenancies as some point, due to the number of kitchens and a separate stairway at the back of the house, according to a staff report.
The town planning commission voted on March 5 to recommend that the rezone request be denied because of unresolved issues over parking and access.
Since then, the Moores have submitted a proffer stating that they will remove the concrete wall on the property that limits access and parking.
Items on town council's agenda tonight include:
•A request by the Franklin County Recreation programs manager for approval to hold the annual Chug for the Jug races in Rocky Mount on April 27.
•A presentation by Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission's RIDE Solutions on the potential market for carpooling and other commuter services in Rocky Mount and Franklin County.
• A review of a proposal by Hawk Manor Falconry to address pigeon problems at the Hub Restaurant and grain mill.
•A review of a contract for Local Choice health and dental insurance coverage for the town.