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Council appointment, six public hearings on tonight's agenda


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Six public hearings and a moratorium request are on the agenda for hte Greenville City Council’s 6 p.m. meeting, as well as selection of the person who will represent District 1.

City Council members said they are prepared to select the district’s new representative after three of the four applicants addressed them at Monday’s meeting. Council members said Monday the individuals should be prepared to be sworn in tonight and participate in votes.

The council must select a new District 1 member because Kandie Smith, who previously held the seat, resigned after being elected to the General Assembly.

The applicants are Shawan Barr, who temporarily held the seat in 2017 when Smith briefly served as mayor; Kelly Darden Jr., who was appointed last fall to Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners; Monica Daniels, a social work supervisor with the Pitt County Department of Social Services; and Christopher Dolin, a supervisor with a grocery distribution business in Battleboro who describes himself as a “newer resident to the area.”

Barr, Darden and Daniels spoke at Monday’s meeting. Dolin told city staff he could not attend because he had the flu.

The council is scheduled to consider a request from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to implement a one-year moratorium on licensing “shared use alternative transportation systems,” such as LimeBikes, a business that allows people to rent bikes using a phone app.

The commission wants the moratorium so the city can develop regulations for operating such businesses in the city and its extraterritorial jurisdictions.

LimeBikes started operations at East Carolina University last spring but bikes are used throughout the city. A city spokesman said last week no similar businesses are operating in the city and currently no businesses has applied to operate.

Public hearings

The bulk of tonight’s public hearings are focused on annexation and rezoning requests. They include:

■ Rezone 0.34 acres located along the eastern right-of-way of Watauga Avenue from residential (high density multi-family) to heavy commercial.

The request stirred controversy in the surrounding community because neighbors do not want a commercial enterprise in the area, preferring more affordable housing.

Last fall the property owners sought to have more than an acre of land rezoned but withdrew the request from City Council consideration. The city Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the council reject the request in late fall.

In a memorandum to the council, staff said due to its size, the tract is undevelopable but anticipated it would be incorporated into a heavy commercial zoned tract to the north when it is developed. Staff said the request is in compliance with the city’s Horizon 2026 Community Plan and recommended approval.

■ Annex almost five acres of property identified as Savannah Place located at the current terminus of Camille Drive. The property is located in Winterville Township.

■ Annex slightly more than 11 acres identified as Langston West, Phase 11, located at the terminus of Birch Hollow Drive. The property is located in Winterville Township.

■ Rezone two acres located along the western right-of-way of Port Terminal Road, about 750 feet north of East 10th Street, from residential agricultural to heavy commercial. Staff recommends approval of the request but during last month’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. A neighbor objected because he believed a commercial building would disrupt the neighborhood.

■ A request to rezone nearly 15 acres located at the terminus of Allen Ridge Drive from residential-single family (medium density) and office-residential (high density multi-family) to residential medium density with restricted residential overlay district or office-residential (high density multi-family). Staff is recommending approval.

■ A resolution authorizing the sale of city-owned property located at 610 Roosevelt Avenue.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.