08/15/11 — Council to hold rezoning hearings

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Council to hold rezoning hearings

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on August 15, 2011 1:46 PM

Scott Stevens will attend his first City Council meeting in his official capacity as city manager tonight at City Hall, where public hearings will be held on three different rezoning requests.

Requests have been filed to rezone the east side of Oak Forest Road between U.S. 70 West and Gateway Drive from shopping center to general business to allow for the development of an automobile dealership, the west side of Wayne Memorial Drive between Hospital Road and New Hope Road from residential to office and institutional and the south side of Waters Circle between Thoroughfare Road and National Drive from R-16 residential to R-12 residential, which allows for single- and multi-family development.

Public hearings allow for individuals to address the council concerning the appropriate agenda item for a period not to exceed three minutes.

Council is also expected to address the conditional use permit request of Dale Benton which would allow for an expansion of his property. The item is listed as the council's sole item requiring individual action.

A public hearing on the permit was held May 16 where six people spoke for and four people spoke against the request.

The request has since been modified to require various covenants, including the construction of a 6-foot-8-inch wall to decrease the volume of noise from the business in the residential area behind it.

Council charged City Attorney Jim Womble with the drafting of an order to deny the conditional use permit at its Aug. 1 meeting, though no such order is found in today's agenda packet, nor is it mentioned in the minutes from that meeting. City Clerk Melissa Brewer said the order to deny will be available to council this afternoon and will be provided at tonight's meeting along with an amendment to the minutes detailing the request by council.

The consent agenda tonight contains an ordinance that will replace the letters on the city's commemorative marker to the north of the Center and Ash street traffic circle that boasts Goldsboro's position as the home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The replacement of the letters has been estimated to cost $916 which is proposed to come from the municipal service district unappropriated fund balance.

Other items on the consent agenda include a budget amendment concerning the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs, as well as an item detailing the award of a bid for the improvements to the Phase 2 Water Treatment Plant.