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MINUTES OF THE BURLINGTON PLANNING

AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING

 

November 24, 2003

 

Council Chamber, Burlington Municipal Building

 

 

CITY MEMBERS:                                               EXTRATERRITORIAL MEMBERS:

 

Don Starling, Chairman, Present                        Bud Apple, Present

George Byrd, Secretary, Present                       John Enoch, Present

Jim Burwell, Present                                          Celo Faucette, Present

Paul Cobb, Present                                             Gale Fletcher, Present

Rev. Greg Hargrave, Present                              Richard Franks, Present

Gordon Millspaugh, Present                               Ellis Piper, Absent

 

STAFF PRESENT:

 

Robert R. Harkrader, Planning Director

John Emerson, Zoning/Subdivision Administrator

Russ Smith, Assistant Director of Planning Services

Kurt Pearson, Planner

Mike Nunn, Transportation Manager

Dianne Fogleman, Office Assistant

 

 

       ITEM NO. 1: Mr. Don Starling, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

       ITEM NO. 2: Minutes of the meeting held October 27, 2003, were unanimously approved.  This was a City and extraterritorial item.

 

       ITEM NO. 3Consent agenda:  (City)

 

(A)  Mr. Lawson Brown, Jr., representing Mr. Ronald Norton, presented an application for approval of the final plat and Declaration of Unit Ownership documents for the Willowbrook Condominiums.  The property is located on the eastern side of East Willowbrook Drive between Ingle Street and Edgewood Avenue as shown on a plat by Carolina Cornerstone dated October 6, 2003, and containing 26 units.

 

(B)  Mr. Lawson Brown, Jr., representing Home Depot, presented an application for preliminary subdivision plan approval of the Home Depot Subdivision.  The property is located on Kirkwood Drive and Ramada Road on the eastern side of Alamance Road as shown on plans by Planners and Engineers Collaborative dated February 20, 2003, and containing three lots.

 

       Staff recommended approval of (A) and (B).

 

       Commission Member Cobb made a motion to recommend approval of (A) and approved (B).  Gordon Millspaugh seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of (A) and unanimously approved (B).

 

       (City and Extraterritorial)

 

(A)  Mr. Mark Reich, representing Alamance Industrial Park, presented an application for preliminary subdivision plan approval of Section 5, Phase 1 of the Grand Oaks Subdivision.  The property is located on the southern side of Grand Oaks Boulevard opposite Winston Drive as shown on plans by Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, Inc., dated October 8, 2003 and containing six lots.

 

(B)  Mr. Chad Huffines, representing Mr. Ralph O'Donnell, was scheduled to present an application for preliminary subdivision plan approval of the Gun Drive Subdivision.  The property is located on the eastern side of Keck Drive at the dead-end of Gun Drive as shown on plans by The L.E.A.D.S. Group dated August 3, 2003, and containing three lots.

 

       The applicant requested that the application be withdrawn.

 

       Staff recommended approval of (A) contingent upon all engineering plans being approved by the City Engineering Department prior to construction.

 

       Commission Member Enoch made a motion to approve (A) with the contingency outlined by staff.  Gordon Millspaugh seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to approve (A) contingent upon all engineering plans being approved by the City Engineering Department prior to construction. 

 

       The Commission found that the plat as presented met all requirements of the Subdivision Regulations.

 

       ITEM NO. 4: Ms. Jane Erwin, representing Ms. Bette B. Crouse, presented an application to rezone from MF-A, Multifamily District, to O-I, Office-Institutional District, the property located on the northern side of Crouse Lane and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 3-22D, Lot 18.

 

       This was an extraterritorial item.

 

       Ms. Erwin stated that O-I will be consistent with surrounding zoning.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning on the basis that O-I will be consistent with zoning in the area and that the subject property is completely surrounded by O-I zoning.

 

       Commission Member Cobb made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning. Richard Franks 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. 5: Mr. Lawson Brown, Jr., representing Mr. Michael Crowder, presented an application to rezone from R-15, Residential District, to R-9, Residential District, the property located on the northern side of Harrison Drive (2471 Harrison Drive) and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 12-3, a portion of Lot 125.  The front portion of this lot is already zoned R-9. 

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Brown pointed out that this will be a logical and appropriate extension of existing R-9 zoning and that R-9 will offer the highest and best use of the property.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning on the basis that split-zoning will be eliminated and that R-9 zoning will be consistent with surrounding property.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh asked if staff had received any calls from neighbors inquiring about the rezoning request and was told that there had been a few calls but none were opposed to the rezoning.

 

       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.   

 

       ITEM NO. 6: Mr. Lawson Brown, Jr., representing Home Depot, presented an application to rezone from B-1, Neighborhood Business District, B-2, General Business District, I-1, Planned Industrial District, and MF-A, Multifamily District, to CB, Conditional Business District, to allow the construction of an approximate 132,000 square foot home improvement retail center and related uses with out-parcels.  The property located on the eastern side of Alamance Road, on the northern and southern sides of Ramada Road and on the northern side of Kirkwood Drive and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 12-12, Lots 100, 101, 104 and 129. 

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Brown introduced Mr. Jim McCarthy, president of Home Depot; Ms. Janine Holden with Greenberg Farrow Architecture; and Mr. Lyle Overcash, traffic engineer with Martin Alexiou Bryson.

 

       Mr. Brown pointed out the following multiple zoning classifications on the subject tract: the front portion where Shiloh Presbyterian Church is located is zoned B-1; a portion of vacant property is zoned B-2; the portion where Bible Baptist Church is located is MF-A; and the undeveloped balance is zoned MF-A.  He stated that the three lots previously approved in the Preliminary Plan in Item 3(B) and the site of the property off I-85/40 offer the ideal location for a 128,817 square foot Home Depot with garden center and approximately 3,000 square feet of out-parcel development.  The Conditional Business District zoning will allow for retail and wholesale sales, including but not limited to the sales of home improvement products consistent with the site plan on Lots 1 and 3 and allows for all uses permitted in B-2 zoning on Lot 2. Conditional Business zoning also allows for a signage package which the Zoning Ordinance does not offer. 

 

       Mr. Brown stated that it will take approximately one year for the store to be built and it will have 160 to 170 employees with an annual sales of 3 1/2 million dollars; a $600,000 tax revenue base; and will pay about $120,000 in annual taxes.

 

       He told Commission members that Greenberg Farrow Architecture had the firm of Martin Alexiou Bryson conduct a traffic study of the area.  City staff as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation evaluated the study, which proposes re-alignments of sections of Ramada Road and Kirkwood Drive, the addition of turn lanes on Alamance and Ramada Roads and signalization at the intersection of the two roads.

 

       Mr. Brown stated that it is estimated that 8 to 10 trucks a day and two lumber trucks a week will enter the property and utilize the loading dock which will be sharing the employee entrance.  He estimated that twice as many trucks service grocery stores each day. 

 

       Mr. Brown also stated that the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) had approved the site plan and that Home Depot will be required to replace some vegetation after construction.   A concrete wall will be built along the back of the facility and a six-foot high fence will be installed between the proposed Home Depot and Bible Baptist Church located on adjoining property.  In addition, there will be a 15-foot buffer of Virginia pines that will be maintained by Home Depot making a total of 30 feet of buffer between the store parking and the church.  He also stated that lighting will be directed away from residential property and that the buffer will be the least lighted area.

 

       In conclusion, Mr. Brown stated that the site is ideal for a Home Depot because of its location off Interstate 85/40 and that the Shiloh Presbyterian Church property had been on the market for some time.  Also, the MF-A zoned property had not been developed and the Industrial-zoned portion was not very neighborhood-friendly.  He maintained that Conditional zoning will be consistent with the long-range plan of the vicinity and that an undeveloped lot creates apprehension because of not knowing what could be developed.  The traffic study was conducted almost a year ago on a Friday afternoon and on Saturday midday,  and at the City's request, calculations were made using a three percent growth rate with an increase of 25 percent in traffic.

 

       Ms. Charlotte Straney, 805 Lynnwood Drive, stated that she was glad that a Home Depot was coming to Burlington but she was opposed to the location.  She maintained that the Commission was not given a whole picture of the neighborhood.  She distributed maps of the area and pointed out established residential areas.  She told the Commission that some of the streets are narrow with two lanes with no curb or gutter and that and that additional traffic would endanger children in the neighborhood. 

 

       Ms. Straney also reported that there had been 221 wrecks on Alamance Road between South Mebane Street and Hatchery Road and that Heather Road should have been included in the traffic study.  She stated that the manager of Libby Hill Restaurant had told her that he had considered erecting a wall in the back of the facility to deter traffic cutting through the parking lot, and the manager of K and W Cafeteria stated that the facility is serving 2,000 people a day, many of whom utilize Ramada Road.  She also stated that she conducted her own traffic count during the morning commute hours and reported that between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m., 137 cars used Heather Road and 60 tried to get onto Alamance Road.  Other findings at the intersection of Lynwood and Kirkwood Drives were: Friday, 308 cars counted between 7 and 9 a.m.; Saturday, 193 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Monday, 174 between 7 and 9 a.m., including a school bus.  

 

       Ms. Straney also pointed out that several senior citizens live in the area and that additional traffic will be dangerous for them as well as the children.  She also stated that the lights from the proposed facility will affect the residential areas.  She informed the Commission that she called two Home Depots and found that truck deliveries occur all night long and that neighbors will hear loud speakers and forklift noises.

 

       Dr. Tommy Richardson, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, stated that he was not against Home Depot locating in Burlington; however, he was opposed to the location.  He stated that he was in the "people business" and that he has a congregation of approximately 150 who attend services Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings and about 100 for Bible school.  He pointed out that while there will be a buffer, the congregation will still be able to hear the noise every time a forklift backs up and when someone uses the loud speaker.  He stated that he conducted 14 funerals last year, five of which were at the church.  Dr. Richardson asked Commission members to imagine beeps from the forklifts interrupting a funeral service.  He also stated that the parking lot is being used now for skateboarders and bicyclists and that he was speaking for 80 church families.  In conclusion, he stated that Home Depot was the right company in the wrong place.

 

       Mr. Brown reminded the Commission and neighbors that a six-foot tall fence will be erected around the property and that a 30-foot vegetative buffer will be in place.

 

       Mr. Ed Owen, 2719 Eldermont Street, stated that he had lived in his home for 40 years and that he does not object to Home Depot and the revenue that it will bring in.  He was, however, concerned about the traffic and the danger it could bring to the area.  He stated that he was a truck driver for 51 years and he knows what trucks can do to streets.  He asked that the Commission consider the neighbors when deciding on Home Depot and asked that members not let them down.

 

       Mr. Ned Thigpen, 720 Trail 2, stated that he was concerned about the safety of the neighborhood because of the traffic and asked if Home Depot had considered any alternative locations. 

 

       Ms. Michelle Vanschaick, 710 Lynnwood Drive, stated that she was concerned about increased traffic and that the children will no longer be able to ride their bikes.

 

       Ms. Betty Burgess stated that she owns the apartment building on Kirkwood Drive and she is at the site four or five times a week.  She told Commission members that she doesn't think neighbors will be bothered by noise from the proposed facility because of the traffic noise from Interstate 85/40.  She stated that she welcomes the competition to the area.

 

       Mr. John Burgess stated that he is a Home Depot fan and that he is at his rental property all the time and does not see the traffic problem that the others have spoken of.  He concluded that he will welcome Home Depot to Burlington.

 

       Ms. Margaret Stephens stated that she was speaking on behalf of Heather Road Investors and that they were in favor of the proposed Home Depot site.  She stated that the facility will be a more consistent use of the property than what is there now.

 

       Mr. Marvin Cole, 1903 Lynnwood Drive, stated that the neighborhood was not safe now because of the hill and all the traffic and that the area is full of kids.  He asked that the Commission stop this proposed development now.

 

       Mr. Joe Sells, Alamance Road, stated that he travels up and down Alamance Road every day and that he doesn't see the traffic problems everyone was alluding to and that Home Depot will be good for the community.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning. Planning Director Harkrader pointed out that some of the property is zoned Industrial/Commercial now and that Home Depot would be hard pressed to find a better site along the Interstate than this one. He indicated that traffic, while heavy during the p.m. peak, is a by-product of overall City growth. The roads are busy, he stated, but that is why they are there.  Vegetative buffers and the grade differential will provide visual and sound barriers between the proposed facility and the church.

 

       Commission Member Fletcher stated that he was concerned about all the children riding bicycles and playing in the streets and wondered where the parents were.  He stated that he thought someone had the neighbors "up in a fenzy" about Home Depot and traffic.  He stated that he has no problems with traffic in the area and that neighbors should consider what uses could go into that area like a beer joint or auto-stamping plant.

 

       Commission Member Burwell stated that it has been just a matter of time before the property is developed and that it could be a lot worse for surrounding property owners.  A bar or nightclub would be allowed uses, and that would add alcohol to the situation.  He stated that he understood neighbors' concerns but something would be built there eventually and it could be something worse than a Home Depot.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh pointed out that Home Depot seems to be a good corporate citizen and will maintain the surrounding property.

 

       Commission Member Enoch stated that Home Depot is a reputable company and seems to be willing to work out problems and that neighbors can't keep the property from being developed.

 

       Commission Member Hargrave told neighbors that the Commission does hear them and share their concerns with the traffic problem.  He pointed out that the cafeteria was opened after the traffic study, which added to the congestion.

 

       Commission Member Burwell asked if the City could post that no large trucks be allowed on the more narrow residential streets.  Mr. Harkrader stated that the Traffic Commission could address the situation if the trucks become a problem.

 

          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. 7: Mr. Gray Styers, Jr., representing Cingular Wireless, LLC, presented an application to rezone from I-2, Light Industrial District, to CI, Conditional District, to allow the construction and maintenance of a 160-foot monopole telecommunications tower and related equipment.  The property is located on the western side of Maple Avenue (1907 Maple Avenue) and on the northeastern side of Floyd Street and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 111, Block 462, a portion of Lot 96.

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Styers distributed notebooks containing information about the proposed tower.  He stated that the tower will fill a gap in service for the company and displayed a map depicting coverage in the area.

 

       He stated that he wished to amend the application and request a 150-foot monopole rather than 160 feet. He pointed out that the tower will be located behind Ray's Storage on a 4 3/4 acre parcel.  The secured entrance will be off Floyd Street.

 

       Mr. Dan Danieley, Executive Director of the Burlington Regional Airport Authority, stated that the airport is growing, and one runway is being extended 1,500 feet to accommodate larger business aircraft.  He pointed out that the FAA requires that the tower be 36 feet below the safety line and that the proposed tower will pose no hazard to the navigation of planes or interfere with flying patterns. He stated, however, that he requests the following: that the tower be lighted; a letter from the petitioner stating that the tower will not be any higher; and the tower will be shared by other wireless providers.

 

       Commission Member Byrd asked Mr. Danieley if long-range plans call for extending the runway more.  Mr. Danieley stated that plans do not call for extending the runway any more than its 6,500 feet.  Mr. Byrd asked if the airport can accommodate smaller commuter planes and was told that it could.

 

       Mr. Gerome Crabtree, 2002 Whitsett Street, asked if all of the Ray's Storage property will be rezoned and was told only the portion where the tower will be located will be rezoned.  Mr. Crabtree also asked if the tower will interfere with televisions and such and was told that it will not.

 

       Commission Member Faucette asked if wireless companies share other towers around the airport and was told that they do.

 

       Zoning/Subdivision Administrator Emerson stated that the City's Zoning Ordinance requires that cellular towers be shared by wireless providers.

 

       Planning Director Harkrader stated that the petitioner will need to amend the rezoning application to include the following: that the tower have a red flashing beacon; that the tower will not exceed 150 feet; that there be no extensions to the tower; and that the tower be shared with other wireless providers if requested.

 

       Mr. Styers stated that he desired to amend his application to address the contingencies.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning with the contingencies requested by Mr. Danieley and contingent upon the tower meeting all FAA requirements.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning with the contingencies requested by Mr. Danieley and staff.  Paul Cobb seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request for rezoning contingent upon the tower having a red flashing beacon; that the tower will not exceed 150 feet; that there be no extensions to the tower; and that the tower be shared with other wireless providers if requested.

 

       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. 8: Mr. John Paisley, Jr., representing Britt Properties, Inc., presented an application to rezone from I-1A, Planned Industrial-Residential District, to CI, Conditional Industrial District, to allow new and used automobile sales in addition to other uses permitted in I-1A Districts.  The property is located at the corner of Tucker Street (3167 Tucker Street) and Anthony Road and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 12-5A, Lot 2. 

 

       This was an extraterritorial item.

 

       Mr. Paisley stated that the petitioner requests that the application be amended to include the inside sales, storage and maintenance of new and used vehicles in addition to permitted other uses allowed in I-1A Districts.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning. Planning Director Harkrader stated that this was the former Sox and Martin Racing facility, and with the rezoning, there will not be a noticeable change in its appearance.  He pointed out that there will not be any exterior sales of vehicles and most customers will be invited guests only as the vehicles are of vintage quality. He stated that the applicant needs the rezoning in order to acquire a dealership license.

 

       Commission Member Cobb made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.  George Byrd 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. 9:  Mr. Charles Bateman, representing Wakefield Development Company, presented an application to rezone from I-1A, Planned Industrial-Residential District, R-15, Residential District (City of Burlington zoning classifications), and AG (Guilford County Agriculture District), to CMX-R (City of Burlington Conditional Mixed Use Residential District) to allow construction of an approximate 611-acre mixed use residential development.  The property is located on the southern side of Interstate 85/40, to the west of St. Mark's Church Road and to the east of Springwood Church Road and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 3-23, Lots 2, 2A, 7, 7A and 41, and Guilford County Tax Map 80, Block 18N, Lot 1; GCTM 80, Block 48, Lots 4, 26, 27 and 28; GCTM 47, Block 47N, Lot 2; and GCTM 78, Block 47S, Lot 2.

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Bateman stated that this was a quantum leap in the development of a planned community of this magnitude for the City of Burlington.  He pointed out that a number of landowners were present.

 

       Mr. Bateman stated that the development will be approximately 610 acres, and various styles of homes were planned, including patio-type homes, as well as a small commercial and retail space.  He introduced Mr. Franz Holt with Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, Inc., who would be available if Commission members had any questions regarding environmental and traffic studies and landscaping.  He also introduced Mr. John Myers, president of Wakefield Development Company.

 

       Mr. Myers stated that favorable market studies had been made on the area and that the company had developed other communities in Raleigh and Charlotte, including some on golf courses.  There will be 2,077 housing units, which averages out to be 1 1/2 units per acre, and 22 acres will be non-residential. Lower densities are planned towards the lake, and several lots will be one to two acres.  Individual builders may develop several lots, and an eight to ten-year build-out is foreseen.

 

       Mr. Myers stated that environmental issues had been addressed and that he had met with the state to minimize any environmental impacts.  In addition, other studies completed include a traffic impact analysis and the availability of water and sewer with sewer service already on site.

 

       Ms. Jennifer Coleman asked where were the children going to go to school.  She pointed out that E. M. Holt and Elon Elementary Schools are both 130 percent over capacity.

 

       Planning Director Harkrader stated that he has had discussions with the school system and administrators are aware of the number of homes being developed.  The development will affect both the Alamance-Burlington and Guilford County school systems.  He pointed out that the City does not fund schools; however, the City does have an obligation to inform the school system with regard to new development. He stated that staff will be meeting again with local school administrators and reiterated that the development will be built over an eight- to ten-year period.

 

       Commission Member Cobb asked Mr. Myers where were all of these homebuyers expected to come from.  Mr. Myers estimated that part will come from the Burlington area and part from the Triad-Greensboro area since downtown Greensboro will only be 15 minutes away.  He also pointed out that Interstate 85/40 will also provide accessibility to the development.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh stated that schools are an issue with parents, and from his conversations with developers, parents want to know about schools in their neighborhoods.

 

       Planning Director Harkrader stated that school administrators had informed him that the system had just completed a study of future growth and that he and the administrators will be meeting soon to discuss the growth.  He also stated that Guilford County is also aware of the planned community development.

 

       Mr. Myers told Commission members and those in the audience that he has a meeting with the Alamance-Burlington School System next Friday to discuss the development.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh asked what phase is being developed first, and Mr. Myers answered that the lake lots will be developed first and development will progress towards Interstate 85/40.  Mr. Millspaugh also commented on the two-acre lot that the developer set aside for police/fire substations.  He maintains that two schools are needed for that area of the county and that a bond referendum may be needed to build them.

 

       Mr. Bateman stated that unfortunately some governmental agencies tend to take a reactive approach to growth such as this rather than proactive.

 

       Commission Member Franks stated that tax revenue from the development will not be realized for a while and families will be looking at the crowded schools.

 

       Commission Member Enoch commented that while impact studies were being conducted on traffic and the marketing of the homes, a study should have been made on the impact to schools.

 

       Mr. Myers pointed out that the development will not be happening all at once -- it will take place over a period of eight to ten years.

 

       Commission Member Franks asked where the water line was going to run, and Mr. Myers stated that it will run along Danbrook Road.  Mr. Franks asked how close to Interstate 85/40 will the line run.

 

       Mr. Darrell Russell with Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, Inc., stated that a 30-inch water line that is being installed now will provide an adequate water supply to the development and that the City is also in the process of installing split water zones that will provide more water pressure to current property owners in the northwest quadrant as well as to the proposed development.

 

       Commission Member Cobb asked where would the water tank be located, and Mr. Russell answered at Davidson Park.

 

       Commission Member Fletcher asked where was all the run-off water from this development going to go. Mr. Holt answered that one-third will drain to water quality ponds; another one-third to regional ponds or lakes; and one-third or 200 acres channeled to West Back Creek, which will be buffered under FEMA flood plain regulations.

 

       Commission Chairman Starling commented that he is married to a former educator and is a grandfather and that in his opinion, the City is better off with a planned development such as this rather than a hodge-podge of development and that the Board of Education will have to make better plans for future development.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning. Planning Director Harkrader stated that staff from several City departments had met with the developer during the past year, and it is the opinion of staff that this will be a quality development.  As for the concern about the schools, he stated that it is the responsibility of the school system and county government to provide for such growth.  He stated that the City would do its best to communicate growth plans to school administrators.  Further, Mr. Harkrader stated that it may be necessary for the City to assist the developer in obtaining some off-site easements and rights-of-way.

 

          Commission Member Cobb made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning. Jim Burwell 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. 10: Mr. Franz Holt, representing SSJ of Alamance, LLC, presented an application to rezone from AG (Guilford County Agriculture District zoning classification), to CR, Conditional Residential, CB, Conditional Business, and MF-A, Multifamily District (City of Burlington zoning classifications), to develop single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, a day care center and a convenience store.  The property is located to the west of Springwood Church Road and to the south of Whitsett Park Road and being as shown on Guilford County Tax Map 80, Block 48, Lot 15.

 

       This was a City item.

 

       Mr. Holt introduced Mr. Kevin Sasser, Mr. James Sasser and Mr. Charles Jones of SSJ of Alamance.

 

       Mr. Holt stated that the 70-acre development to be known as Springwood at the Park will have mixed uses, common open areas and sidewalks and will be unique due to its close proximity to the City of Burlington's new Springwood Park.

 

       Commission Member Millspaugh asked if the development will be in Guilford County but in the Burlington city limits and was told that it would.  He asked if Guilford County had been contacted about the development. Planning Director Harkrader stated that staff had been in contact with the Guilford County Planning Department but not directly with the Guilford County School System.  Mr. Millspaugh asked if the development will be in the City of Burlington police and fire jurisdiction and was told that it would be.

 

       Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning.  Planning Director Harkrader stated that development plans and road infrastructure plans were in order.

 

       Commission Member Cobb made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.  Jim Burwell 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.   

 

       There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

 

 

 

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                                                                    Donald C. Starling, Chairman

 

 

 

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                                                                    George A. Byrd, Jr., Secretary