Zoning change includes area for animal shelter plans

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 07:07 PM

The Henderson City Council has approved three land-use changes linked to a new animal shelter, a new business plan for the building being vacated by Blockbuster Video, and more auto care enterprises across several business zones.

Public input during hearings at City Hall was positive for each of the questions.

First, council members learned that amending a 5-acre tract in the Brodie Road area from low-density residential to residential-agricultural use would prepare for development of a new Vance County animal shelter.

The attorney for Vance County, Jonathan Care, said having the shelter closer to the city limits is one advantage to consider. He also said the land is situated next to 10 acres of state-owned land and across the street from 300 agricultural acres.

“I believe the city would prefer an animal shelter that is nearer to city limits rather than beyond the ETJ,” Care said, referring to the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the city.

The council also amended 903 South Beckford Drive from industrial to highway-commercial use. Blockbuster Video has been a commercial retail store over its years of operation there, causing some to question why the out parcel was zoned industrial originally.

Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission Director Stuart Litvin said adjusting the property is a needed step.

“We have been working on a prospective tenant for this site ever since we heard that Blockbuster was leaving,” Litvin said.

Raleigh-based investment company Crossland Southeast purchased the building along with more than 20 other Blockbuster properties in North Carolina, with the aim of bringing in a tenant that operates a popular retail or restaurant enterprise.

An amendment to the list of permitted gas sales uses in business and industrial zones now includes oil changes, tire repairs and inspections following a decision by the council.

Erris Dunston, Henderson’s director of planning, said the changes are a tweak to the designated industrial and business zoning rules for fuel stations, allowing them to expand operations into minor repairs, oil changes and inspections.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.