City Council approves home developer’s rezoning request, other zoning matters

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Albemarle City Council on Monday night approved two rezoning ordinances and a preliminary plat for a new cluster subdivision.

The first involved annexing and rezoning about 13 acres of land off Forever Road.

The applicant, Golden Terrain LLC, wanted the property rezoned from County RA/Residential Agriculture to City R-10/General Residential in order to develop the land as a cluster development with single family homes.

Golden Terrain proposes to develop the site with approximately 36-40 single family units, though the city’s planning department believes such a development is more likely to have between 30 to 44 single family homes, Planning and Development Services Director Kevin Robinson told council. The influx of new homes is projected to add between 73 and 106 new residents.

Revenues collected by the city would increase by $62,000 to $90,000, Robinson said, necessitating increases in Fire Department ($23,000 to $34,000), Police Department ($16,000 to $24,000) and Public Works ($7,000 to $10,000) expenses to provide required services.

Utility services will be not be available to the site until they are extended from adjacent properties when they develop, according to Robinson. Since the properties are about 30 to 70 feet lower than existing service lines on U.S. Highway 52, additional lift stations will be needed.

A traffic impact analysis is not required. Robinson told council a single family development on this site would add approximately 300 to 440 trips per day to Forever Road and Highway 52.

Michael Sandy, representing Golden Terrain, said the plan is to combine the 13 acres with 122 acres to the north that had already been annexed and rezoned into the city.

“So basically you’ll see one project in the future with the 122 acres to the north, plus the 12 acres for development,” Sandy said.

The council also approved a rezoning request from Burleson Square LLC of six acres along Coble Avenue from General Highway Business District to Light Industrial District.

Joseph Burleson plans to build a new storage facility with traditional storage along with climate-controlled storage. For years, the property has been used as storage for Frito Lay.

“We’re trying to expand our business in Albemarle,” Burleson told council. “With all the new developments you guys have approved in Albemarle the last few years, there comes a need for storage and we want to provide that business here.”

Finally, the council approved a preliminary plat for a 43-acre major cluster subdivision located in the watershed at the intersection of Woodhurst Lane and Anderson Road and on N.C. Highway 24-27.

The subdivision, which will be called Morrow Springs, is set to include 97 lots, each between 7,500 and 15,448 square feet.

The majority of the 43-acre property was annexed into city limits in August and the entirety of the site was zoned R-15.

At the Aug. 15 meeting, Robinson told council the development would bring in between 217 and 251 new residents and revenues collected by the city would increase by $179,000 to $207,000.

The plat includes about 18 acres of open space, with nine acres proposed as active use amenities, including seating, activated lawn space and play structures.

Five-foot sidewalks have been proposed along exterior portions of the subdivision as well on both sides internally.

There is currently existing city water, sewer and electricity to serve the proposed site from Anderson Road.

Following Robinson’s presentation, the council approved the plat, provided the recommended changes the planning department came up with be included.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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