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Wayne County commissioners will eye rezoning

By Steve Herring
Published in News on May 3, 2010 2:32 PM

Wayne County commissioners will hold a second public hearing Tuesday morning on a rezoning request for a Dudley salvage yard and are expected to schedule hearings on two other rezoning petitions.

The hearing on a request by Ricky Young of Young's Auto Salvage will get under way at 9:15 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex. The board will be briefed on the agenda at 8 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9 a.m.

Young last year petitioned the county to rezone 11.98 acres on U.S. 117 Alternate at Dudley from Residen-tial/Agricultural-20 to Heavy Industry so that he could expand his operation.

The property is currently vacant and woodland. Young has said he will hire three new employees once the expansion is complete.

Commissioners first held a public hearing last Sept-ember during which several of the surrounding property owners spoke against the request citing fears it would decrease property values and the company's failure to comply with existing ordinances.

Young told the board the salvage business is one of the most regulated industries in the state. He said his business is in compliance with every known law.

Commissioners took no action at that time.

Young continues to pursue the rezoning and commissioners decided that a second hearing was necessary because of the length of time that has passed since the first one.

Commissioners are expected to established public hearings on two other rezoning requests.

Cecil Bryan is asking the county to rezone a 22,000-foot lot from Residential-30 to Residential-10 to develop a triplex apartment. The lot is located just west of U.S. 117 South across from Wayne Memorial Park.

The second petition is from Kevin Wilson involving nearly three acres on Genoa Road at Dudley. Wilson wants the property rezoned from Light Industry to Village. He and his wife plan to convert an existing building into a Christmas ornament business. A residence also on the site would be used, too.

The Planning Board has recommended both requests be approved.

In another planning issue, commissioners will consider action on a subdivision plat. The subdivision consists of two lots on the north side of Nahunta Road near Aycock-Coston Lane. Ed Radford is the developer.

The Planning Board has recommended approval.

In other business, the board will discuss the county's Farmland Preservation Plan and hear a presentation on the Extension Service's We Dig It campaign.

The board's consent agenda includes a recommendation by County Manager Lee Smith that commissioners approve a $337,366 county funding plan for the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

Several proclamations are on the agenda for consideration: Older Americans Month, Foster Parent Appreciation Month, Peace Officers Memorial Day-National Police Week and Relay for Life.