Elon Ruritan Club demolition

The Elon Ruritan Club building was demolished in October 2018 after members decided the move was necessary from damage suffered in the April 15, 2018 tornado. 

A proposed measure to reduce setback requirements along a stretch of Virginia 130 in the Elon area is set for a joint public hearing between the Amherst County Board of Supervisors and the county’s planning commission.

The county has advertised three options for Tuesday's hearing at the county administration building, 153 Washington St. in Amherst. The Route 130 Corridor Overlay District imposes a minimum setback from the roadway’s right-of-way of 100 feet for all structures. The aim of the overlay district, in place since 1994, is to preserve scenic views along the corridor.

The overlay presents a hardship for the Elon Ruritan Club as it seeks to rebuild its facility that was demolished last October due to extensive damage it suffered in the April 15, 2018 tornado that devastated the Elon community. The club wants to build an enclosed porch but the setback requirements in place would not allow it.

The Amherst County Board of Zoning Appeals in April denied a variance for the club to move forward with the porch. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jimmy Ayers, who represents the district in which the club is located, last month approached the planning commission, an appointed panel that makes recommendations on land use and zoning matters, about finding some relief for the club to move forward with its porch.

The setback requirements begin where a railroad bridge crosses Virginia 130 and extends to the eastern boundary of the Village (V-1) zoning district in the village of Elon, according to the county.

The first option proposes to reduce the setback from Graham Creek Road to Nottaway Drive and on the northern side of the road. The minimum setback from the Virginia 130 right-of-way would be 70 feet.

A second option proposed would reduce the setback from Graham Creek Road to Nottaway Drive and on the northern side of the road. The minimum setback in this scenario would be 60 feet. The other option would reduce the setback from Graham Creek Road to the eastern boundary of the village of Elon and on the northern side of the road. The minimum setback would be 70 feet.

After the June 18 public hearing, the commission is set to decide on which of the three options to recommend and the board could then consider the recommendation. The hearing is set for 7 p.m.

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Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551

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