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Commissioners holding public hearing on rezoning request

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, November 19, 2018

A public hearing on a rezoning request involving property in the newly designated Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan district is scheduled for today’s Pitt County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The session is being held at 6 p.m. in the Pitt County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 403 Government Circle.

Lever & Russell Real Estate wants to rezone 8.13 acres of a 16-acre track to general commercial from rural residential. The property is located on the northern side of Frog Level Road, northwest of its intersection with U.S. 13/Dickinson Avenue.

Planning staff recommends approval. It was noted there is limited residential development in the area and there are already properties with a general commercial zoning in the area.

The property had a future land use designation of industrial in the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan.

The Planning Board unanimously approved the request last month.

Also on today’s agenda:

■ A local child care provider needs a conditional use permit to expand the hours of operation of her residential child care facility located on Barrus Construction Road.

Doris Wilkins wants to operate the facility from 7 a.m. until midnight. It previously operated from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

■ The commissioners will consider awarding a new debris removal services contract to Stephen Nixon.  The project is for removal of storm-related debris following Hurricane Matthew in Contentnea and Little Contentnea Creeks. According to a memorandum to the board, the previous contractor was in breach of contract because the company did not have the correct equipment required to complete the job.

■ The board will consider a recommendation that Pitt County withdraw from the North Carolina Eastern Alliance. The Pitt County Development Commission made the recommendation last month because it believes the alliance’s mission is unclear, that the county has had better success working with other development groups in the state and that there is no succession planning for when it’s current president and CEO, John Chaffee, retires.

■ The board will recognize outgoing commissioners Mark Owens Jr., Jimmy Garris and Charles Farley along with presenting Owens and Commissioner Glen Webb with resolutions thanking them for their service as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, this year.

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