Berryville: 2nd-floor apartments may become by-right use

Posted: November 30, 2013

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — The town Planning Commission will hold two public hearings in January — one to allow apartments as a by-right use on the second floors of downtown commercial buildings and the other to allow a security company to locate in a residential district at 105 S. Buckmarsh St.

Last month, the commission discussed the apartment issue.

Currently, owners of downtown commercial buildings must apply for a special-use permit to create second-floor apartments, according to Town Planner Christy Dunkle.

The Town Council would like to see that restriction eased in order to have “more eyes on the street and more activity downtown,” she said.

The amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance would remove the requirement for the special-use permit for apartments and change the requirement for two off-street parking spaces for each apartment.

The new wording would require one off-street space for apartments with less than 1,000 square feet of living space.

Apartments with more than 1,000 square feet would still need two parking spaces.

The second public hearing will concern David Anderson’s request to locate his security systems company, Anderson Control, in a house on Buckmarsh.

Dunkle said the business appears to be a well-suited use for the 800-square-foot space in the building.

The public hearings will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Joint Government Center at 101 Chalmers Court.

Attending the meeting in the Joint Government Center were Chairman Douglas Shaffer and Commissioners John Lincoln, Dale Barton, Debbie Zimmerman, Gwen Malone, Kim Kemp, Russ Heikes and Sheryl Reid. Russ Brown was absent.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com