04/06/05 — City won't require fence to be rebuilt

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City won't require fence to be rebuilt

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on April 6, 2005 1:46 PM

Darby Place residents will have to settle for landscaping to separate them from an apartment complex on Harding Road.

At its meeting Monday night, the Goldsboro City Council voted 6-1 to not require the complex's owner, Kathy Woodard, to rebuild a fence behind the complex, which is just north of the YMCA's soccer fields.

Councilman Jackie Warrick cast the dissenting vote. He did not explain his vote during the meeting and declined to elaborate afterward.

The majority of the council said that the 65 wax myrtles planted to replace the fence will quickly grow to be a taller, thicker buffer. Neighbors asked the council last month to require the fence be reinstalled .

In other business, the council approved two rezoning requests. Almost 8 acres on the east end of Corbett Street, off McLain Street, was changed from office/institutional to R-16 residential. The council also changed the zoning for a 3/4-acre lot on the west side of Harrell Street, off Dixie Trail, so that a single-family home could be built. Owner Keith Peten said that he plans to give the land to Habitat for Humanity.

Also, the council condemned vacant homes at 904 Anderson Drive, 209 N. Georgia Avenue and 401 N. Virginia St and approved a subdivision plan for the developers of Berkeley Commons shopping center that separated its outparcels from the remainder of the tract.