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Commissioners weigh rezoning request denied by planning board


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners will weigh whether it should grant a property owner's rezoning request or follow the planning board's recommendation and deny the change.

A public hearing on the rezoning request is scheduled for today's 9 a.m. meeting in the Eugene James Auditorium in the Pitt County Administration Building, 1717 W. Fifth St.

Baldwin Design Consultants is requesting that 28 acres of a 45 acre parcel be rezoned from rural residential to general commercial. The property, owned by Happy Trail Farms is located on the southwestern side of N.C. 33 West, southeast of its intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. It's located in the Belvoir Township.

The planning board at its June 19 meeting unanimously voted to recommend denial of the request, according to materials in the Board of Commissioners' agenda packet.

The planning board said the rezoning isn't consistent with the county's Comprehensive Land Use Plan because of the size of the proposed area to be rezoned. The planning board said general commercial zoning is incompatible with the surrounding residential land uses.

The agenda materials state that while the property in question is designated as suburban residential, "which allows a broader range of land uses" if certain criteria related to road frontage, access to a major state highway and suitable separation from existing residential development, the property in question doesn't meet that criteria.

Staff also recommends denial of the rezoning request.

Also on the board's agenda:

  • County Manager Scott Elliott and Pitt-Greenville Airport Executive Director Bill Hooper will report on the airport's new air service recruitment campaign.
  • Elliott will update the board on the county's effort to acquire the Warren Farm. There is an item on the board's consent agenda recommending the commissioner use $3.8 million from the county's fund balance to purchase the farm located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Old Creek Road. The board voted in April to purchase the property. Staff is recommending using money from an upcoming limited-obligation bond debt borrowing to reimburse the money.
  • A second item related to the Warren Farm purchase also is on the board's agenda. Once the purchase is finalized, the county's industrial development commission staff wants to submit the site for consideration as a certified industrial business park. To be considered for certification an intent to certify form and letter of support from the county government must be submitted to the state's certified sites program steering committee for approval.
  • The board will recognize more than 30 employees for years of service ranging from five to 30 years.
  • The board will recognize Farmville Central Boys Varsity Basketball team for winning the 2019 2-A State championship and the Farmville Central Girls Varsity Basketball team for being a finalist in the 2019 2-A State Championship.