There was a meeting held at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, August 4, 1998, of the Randolph County Planning Board in the Commissionersí Meeting Room, Randolph County Office Building, 725 McDowell Road, Asheboro, North Carolina.
1. Chairman Maxton McDowell called to Order the Randolph County Planning Board meeting at 6:30 p.m.
2. Hal Johnson, Planning Director, called roll of Members: Maxton McDowell, Chairman, present; Bill Dorsett, Vice-Chairman, present; Larry Brown, present; Phil Brower, present; Lynden Craven, present; Al Morton, present; Tommy Boyd, present; and Phil Ridge, Alternate, present.
3. Johnson announced that the Pugh Oil Request (convenience store and gas station) on Hwy 49S had been withdrawn. Johnson said that Mr. Pugh had contact his office earlier in the day and explained that the property would not perk for this type of development.
4. Chairman Maxton McDowell welcomed Tommy Boyd to his first meeting as a Planning Board Member.
5. Craven made the motion, seconded by Morton, to approve the Minutes from the July 7, 1998 Randolph County Planning Board Meeting. The motion passed.
6. REZONING REQUESTS:
A: RICK GRADY, High Point, North Carolina, is requesting that 5.65 acres located on Albertson Road (just south of Auction Road) in Artisan Acres, Lots # 34-39, Trinity Township, be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Light Industrial. Zoning Map # 6798. This proposed Zoning District would allow the property to be used for industrial development. Plato S. Wilson - Property Owner.
Rick Grady was not present for this meeting.
Belinda Ransom, 5356 Albertson Road, explained that her father owns the property that adjoins to the south side of this site. Ransom said that once the "clover-leaf" is constructed on I-85 this property will be at the dead end of Auction Road which will limit the access to the property. Ransom said that this will cause this residential neighborhood several problems. Ransom said there are approximately 74 single-family homes on Albertson and Zelma with approximately 74 children that reside here. Ransom added that this lot didnít perk and she didnít see how it could be development for industry if it doesnít perk. Ransom had a map of the area and a petition of opposition, signed by 29 families, for the Board.
Johnson said that he didnít understand these developers that didnít attend the scheduled meetings and didnít contact the office to say they wouldnít be present. Johnson said this request was scheduled last month and Grady failed to attend.
Dorsett expressed concern for the need to buffer the property from the residential community and this couldnít be required through straight zoning.
Craven made the motion, seconded by Brown, to recommend to the Commissioners that this request be denied. The motion passed unanimously.
B: W. DARRELL JOHNSON, Asheboro, North Carolina, is requesting that 1.46 acres located at the end of SR 1215 (Spanish Lane) off U.S. Hwy 220 S, Cedar Grove Township, be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Highway Commercial. Zoning Map # 7657. This proposed Zoning District would allow the property to be used for commercial development.
Johnson explained that the Board had issued Mr. Johnson a Special Use Permit to have a dealerís license and towing service at his residence some time ago.
Darrell Johnson was present and explained that he has no immediate plans for the 2 parcels but he may use them for mini-warehouse development.
When asked about the storage of junk vehicles on his property Darrell Johnson said that he stores them for 60 days at another location and then moves them to his residence. Darrell Johnson said that he didnít sell parts from them but he does hold them until he has enough to call a crusher in to take care of them. Darrell said that he would not store any junk vehicles on these 2 parcels in question.
Dorsett told Darrell Johnson that his place was not junky but he could keep the property neater instead of scattering the vehicles about the property.
After further discussion of the proposal, Darrell Johnson said that he may would place a ramp on the parcel for vehicles to be seen from the bypass for sale.
There was no one present in opposition to this request.
Hal Johnson told the Board that the County has some responsibility to protect the new I-73/74 corridor. Johnson said that to approve a straight Highway Commercial Zoning district would allow a car to be displayed as the applicant described, billboard signs, etc.
Darrell Johnson said that he wanted to be able to have a billboard sign on the property and asked if he could have it zoned for this.
Morton said that he felt that a conditional use zoning district would be more appropriate to protect the area and the new bypass.
Craven and Dorsett agreed. Dorsett made the motion, seconded by Craven, to recommend to the Commissioners that this request be denied. Dorsett said the County needs some controls on the buffers and what would be placed next to the bypass. The motion passed unanimously.
C: RICK SMITH, Asheboro, North Carolina, is requesting that 40.90 acres located on Old Stagecoach Road (off Chaney Road), Franklinville Township, be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Residential Restricted/Conditional Use. Zoning Map # 7781. This proposed Conditional Use Zoning District would specifically allow the development of a 35 lot residential subdivision restricted to site built homes only. Fannie Smith - Property Owner.
Smith explained that he has 41 acres that has been used for raising tobacco. Smith said the property is bordered to the east and north with residential subdivision (site built homes with a minimum of 850 sq. ft.). Smith said he plans to restrict the development to site built homes with a minimum size of 1100 heated sq. ft.
When asked why he didnít propose the road to contact to Christy Circle (SR 2695), Smith said that he didnít want to allow flow through the development because the proposed homes would be larger and nicer than the existing adjoining subdivision and for security reasons.
There was no one present in opposition to this request.
Craven made the motion, seconded by Morton, to recommend to the Commissioners that this request be approved as consistent with the development in the area. The motion passed unanimously.
D: LARRY HOLLINGSWORTH, Sophia, North Carolina, is requesting that 16 acres (out of a 62.11 acre tract) located on Beckerdite Road (across from Marsh Mountain Road), Back Creek Township, be rezoned from Residential Agricultural to Residential Restricted/Conditional Use. Zoning Map # 7735. The proposed Conditional Use Zoning District would specifically allow the development of a 13 lot residential subdivision restricted to site built homes only.
Hollingsworth said that he plans to sell a couple of lots a year and the entire project of 13 lots would take 4 to 6 years. Hollingsworth said he plans to restrict the property to paved driveways, enclosed carports, and minimum house sizes of 1600 - 1800 sq. ft.
Jevonna Craven, adjoining resident, expressed opposition to the 3 flag lots in the rear (adjoining her property). Craven discussed concerns for the wells becoming dry or possibly contaminated due to the added septic systems. Craven said that she felt 13 lots out of 16 acres would be way too many for this area. Craven also said that his rezoning request signs were not put up in time and she felt this was just blatant disregard to the community.
Mrs. Hollingsworth said the signs were posted when the County told them to post them.
Diane Carter, Marsh Mountain Road, expressed concern of the wells and septic tanks.
There were 5 people present in opposition to this request.
Dorsett said he was not real happy with the 5 flags being proposed.
Brower said that he didnít feel flag lots should be approved. Brower said possibly a cul-de-sac road would be more appropriate.
Dorsett said he felt the plan should include larger lots. Dorsett said this would invite larger lots to be developed in the area.
Craven said that the a subdivision of this quality should have larger lots and do away with the flag lots in the rear.
Dorsett made the motion, seconded by
Brower, to recommend to the Commissioners that this request be approved
with larger lots and no flag lots. The motion passed unanimously.
7. The meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m. There were 19 citizens present for these meeting.