Stanly commissioners to schedule budget hearing, consider Ridgecrest storage facility

Published 9:10 am Monday, June 5, 2023

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At Monday’s meeting of the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, a public hearing on the county’s proposed budget will be scheduled along with consideration of a rezoning request in Ridgecrest.

A conditional district has been requested by Sammy Estridge Jr. for a three-acre portion of a 35.09 acre tract at 24352 Ridgecrest Road in Locust, which is next to Ridgecrest Cemetery.

Estridge has requested the district to allow for six storage facility buildings to be constructed. A total of 200 units in varying sizes have been proposed along with open storage of RVs and boats.

According to the agenda packet, traditional rezoning would require a change to the Highway Business district, but Estridge “prefers to have this designated as a conditional zoning district which will establish certain restrictions on the property and allow its use for a mini-warehouse storage facility and nothing else.”

Conditions of the district include lights on motion detectors, an eight-foot chain link fence with barbed wire on top, no climate controlled units or on-site dumpsters, no temporary parking, a 24/7 access code gate and an unlit sign.

At the May meeting of the Stanly Planning Board, the board passed a motion against the request because the parcel was not in a growth area according to the 2020 county land use plan.

According to the agenda, commissioners will also set a public hearing date to get input regarding the county’s proposed budget.

The agenda also lists a proposed text amendment to county zoning ordinances to allow a group care facility on parcels of eight acres or larger in the residential/agricultural (R/A) district and the Rural Recreation District with a special use permit. The amendments were recommended at the last planning board meeting.

Commissioners will also make appointments to the Stanly Community College Board of Trustees and have recognized North Stanly High School and the Uwharrie Wampus Cats baseball team.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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