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MINUTES OF THE BURLINGTON PLANNING

AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING

 

September 22, 2003

 

Council Chamber, Burlington Municipal Building

 

 

CITY MEMBERS:                                                          EXTRATERRITORIAL MEMBERS:

 

Don Starling, Chairman, Present                                Bud Apple, Present

George Byrd, Secretary, Present                                 John Enoch, Absent

Jim Burwell, Present                                                   Celo Faucette, Absent

Paul Cobb, Present                                                      Gale Fletcher, Present

Rev. Greg Hargrave, Present                                       Richard Franks, Absent

Gordon Millspaugh, Present                                       Ellis Piper, Absent

 

STAFF PRESENT:

 

Robert R. Harkrader, Planning Director

Dianne Fogleman, Office Assistant

 

 

       ITEM NO. 1: Mr. Don Starling, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  He requested a moment of silence in memory of Nancy Emerson, wife of Zoning/Subdivision Administrator John Emerson.

 

       ITEM NO. 2: Minutes of the meeting held August 25, 2003, could not be approved due to the lack of a quorum of extraterritorial Commission members.

 

       ITEM NO. 3: Mr. Rick Gunn, representing Nichols Ventures, LLC, presented an application to rezone from R-15, Residential District, to B-2, General Business District, the property located on the northern side of South Church Street (2441 South Church Street) opposite Tribek Drive and to the west of Blockbuster Plaza and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 12-17, Lot 98-A. 

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Gunn distributed copies of a tax map that highlighted the zoning line from Shadowbrook Drive to Colonial Drive and pointed out that all the lots fronting on South Church Street are zoned B-2 except Lot 98-A. He stated that the 1.83 acre lot has 250 feet road frontage and is not conducive to residential or office-institutional zoning due to the high traffic on South Church Street, which has a traffic count of 25,000 daily.

 

      

 

 

 

       Mr. Gunn stated that he had talked to adjoining property owners and explained that a planned buffer will offer privacy between the commercial property and the residential area.  He stated that the property owners were present in case anyone had any questions.

 

       Mr. Ernest King, 502 Neese Court, stated that he does not oppose the rezoning and that Mr. Nichols has offered a buffer of cypress trees between the lots.

 

       Ms. Wanda Ray, 501 Neese Court, also stated that she was not opposed to the rezoning.  She said she was concerned about the noise but the Nichols have offered an agreement whereas they will provide a buffer.

 

       Planning Director Harkrader stated that South Church Street is considered a major commercial thoroughfare and that Lot 98-A is one of the last lots to be commercially rezoned.  He stated that staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning on the basis that it will be a logical extension of existing B-2 zoning within the Church Street commercial corridor.

 

       Commission Member Burwell asked about the small house at the rear of the adjoining lot that has been requested to be rezoned several times.

 

       Commission Chairman Starling stated that he believed that lot is still zoned R-15 and has been requested to be rezoned on two occasions.

 

       Mr. Harkrader stated that the only access to that lot is a narrow alleyway.

 

       Commission Member Fletcher commented that unless someone gives up land for a right-of-way to the property for emergency vehicles, that lot will remain just the way it is now.

 

       Commission Member Byrd asked if staff had received many calls inquiring about the request for rezoning.  Mr. Harkrader stated that Mr. King had called the Planning office prior to the meeting.

 

       Commission Chairman Starling pointed out to adjoining property owners that anything allowed in B-2 zoning will be permitted on the property.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.  Paul Cobb seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.

 

       The Commission found that the zoning change as requested would not adversely affect the adjoining property and would be in keeping with land use planning in the area.    


 

       ITEM NO. 4: Mr. Rick Gunn presented an application to rezone from O-I, Office-Institutional District, to I-2, Light Industrial District, the property located on the northeastern side of Chapel Hill Road (2026 Chapel Hill Road) between Maple Avenue and Kilby Street and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 111, Block 461, a portion of Lot 109.  The request is to rezone the rear portion of the lot  -- 300 feet deep and 140 feet wide. 

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Gunn pointed out that only the rear portion of the lot is being requested to be rezoned which, in his opinion, is more neighborhood-friendly.  He also maintained that a long, narrow lot is often difficult to develop as office-institutional whereas I-2 zoning usually doesn't need road frontage to survive.

 

       Planning Director Harkrader stated that staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning.  He pointed out that the visual view of the deep lot will still be zoned O-1.

 

       Commission Member Cobb made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.  Rev. Hargrave seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.

 

       The Commission found that the zoning change as requested would not adversely affect the adjoining property and would be in keeping with land use planning in the area.    

 

       Commission Chairman Starling recognized several Elon University students attending the meeting, and Mr. Harkrader introduced Mr. Tomas Murawski from the Alamance News.

 

       There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                             ______________________________

                                                                             Donald C. Starling, Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                             ______________________________

                                                                             George A. Byrd, Jr., Secretary