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Planning board OKs salvage expansion

By Steve Herring
Published in News on June 10, 2010 1:46 PM

The Wayne County Planning Board on Tuesday approved a site plan for expansion of Young's Auto Salvage on U.S. 117 Alt. South across from the Dudley Post Office.

County commissioners last month rezoned the property from residential-agriculture to heavy industry. However, before the project could proceed, the company had to meet two requirements.

The first was site plan approval. The Planning Board approved the site plan Tuesday, with the stipulation that it show where a natural wooded buffer zone is located. The county requires that salvage yards be completely screened to prevent them from being seen from the road. The site plan shows opaque fencing along the property to the wooded area where wire fencing would be used. Board members want that wooded area to be shown on the plan. Also, should the wooded area be cut to the extent that the salvage yard is visible from the road, Young's would be required to install more of the opaque fencing.

The second requirement is a special use permit. That will require action by county commissioners sitting as the Board of Adjustment. The board agreed to recommend the Board of Adjustment hold a public hearing on the special use permit request.

The Planning Board also approved recommending that commissioners hold public hearings on rezoning requests by Tri-County Electric Membership Corp. and B&D Management.

Price said Tri-County EMC wants to rezone 7.5 acres adjacent to its property on U.S. 117 Alt. South from residential-agriculture to community shopping. The company's other property already is zoned community shopping, he said. Price said Tri-County plans to add buildings to use for storage and equipment.

The project will require a landscape buffer on two sides.

In the other request, B&D Management petitioned to rezone 12.3 acres on the north side of Potts Road from residential-agriculture to Residential 10.

The land adjoins two existing mobile home parks and the company wants to add four additional lots.

The parks existed before the zoning was in place, Price said.

The request was approved by a 4-1 vote. Member David Quick voted against the proposal.

In other business, the board tabled discussion on how to ensure proper road maintenance in subdivisions until the full board can discuss it. Members Chris Cox and Gene Thomas could not attend Tuesday's session.

Thomas, executive director of the Goldsboro Housing Authority, last week was appointed to the board by the board of commissioners. He will complete term of Hattie Frederick, who stepped down because of family health issues.

County ordinance require that subdivision roads be built to state Department of Transportation standards. However, there is no requirement that the developer apply to DOT to take over road maintenance. That has led to a number of deteriorating roads in subdivisions across the county.

It has been a topic of commissioner talks for several months. They instructed the Planning Board to review ways to require the roads be maintained until they are taken into the state road system. A Planning Board committee held three meetings, but struggled to find a clear solution. Price checked with surrounding counties on how they handle the issue. An official in one county responded to let them know if a way was found.

Options discussed by the committee include requiring homeowners associations for subdivisions that require new streets; a surety bond that would set aside money for the streets; or hanging development permits on DOT acceptance of streets. Any changes to the county's subdivision rules would require a public hearing and commissioners' approval.

The board approved four minor subdivision plat finals:

* Rodolfo Trejo Garcia, one lot, Lindell Road, Nahunta Township

* Rodney Dean Barnes, one lot, Old Smithfield Road, Fork Township

* Robert Blackman, one lot, Camp Jubilee Road, Indian Springs Township

* Scott A. Patterson and Jean Bunch, one lot, Black Creek Road, Nahunta Township.