Following a marathon session Tuesday night that spanned greater than 4 hours, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors unanimously denied a zoning request for a luxurious leisure car park that carried a casino-themed design.
Joe Cubas, of J. Cubas Holdings, LLC, was requesting to rezone about 90 acres at Vandola Church Street within the Westover District from R-1 residential suburban subdivision to A-1 agricultural. By a 5-3 vote in September, the county planning fee advisable approval of the request, regardless of an outcry from residents in opposition to it.
The Palace Resort was proposed as a luxurious RV park aimed toward driving vacationers to the on line casino opening in Danville by 2024.
Cubas spent almost an hour discussing the advantages of his plans earlier than the board Tuesday night time, but additionally tied to dispel what he referred to as “inaccurate factual data that has been on the market.”
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He mentioned he had made modifications to the undertaking after residents voiced considerations over the previous few months.
Cubas pointed not solely to the draw from Danville’s upcoming on line casino but additionally Martinsville Speedway to the west and Virginia Worldwide Raceway to the east in Halifax County.
“It is a tourism vacation spot undertaking,” he advised supervisors, touting the financial affect to county income by way of lodging and meals taxes.
Tim Chesher, a supervisor for the Dan River District, requested Cubas if he had talked to members of the group, a degree different members of the board additionally introduced up.
“I’ve not. I have never spoken with the residents,” he mentioned. “And that maybe is my fault, I am going to take accountability with that.”
Cubas cited the legislation involving the applying course of as a cause for not participating with neighbors or members of the board.
A shouting match ensued when it got here time for Ron Scearce, who represents the Westover District the place the undertaking is proposed, to ask questions.
After asking what number of LLCs Cubas had in his title, voices escalated between the pair when Cubas referred to as into query posts on Scearce’s Fb web page.
“My integrity and character have been beneath assault by this gents,” Cubas mentioned.
Vaden Hunt, the county legal professional and interim county administrator, interjected to counsel that each males take the argument outdoors of the assembly.
About 15 audio system addressed the board, all bringing considerations for the RV park and asking for supervisors to not enable the undertaking to maneuver ahead.
“It might be silly for me to vote in opposition to the individuals I characterize,” Scearce mentioned in making the movement to disclaim the zoning request.
“It comes again to what I mentioned at that church assembly that I attended,” Chair Vic Ingram mentioned, referencing an early assembly with residents of the realm. “If a majority of the individuals spoke out in opposition to this I’d stand with the individuals.”
By unanimous vote, supervisors denied the request.
It isn’t clear what is going to occur with the property now. Cubas referenced constructing reasonably priced housing models there, however harassed a examine can be wanted to find out if that was a potential path ahead.