On June 2, 2022 the River Bend Planning Board heard a request for rezoning of property located at 403 Old Pollocksville Road. The applicant is Ellis Development Group of Raleigh, NC. About 65 members of the public attended the meeting. After a long discussion, including many questions from the public, the Planning Board recommended approval of the request by a vote of 4-2. See attached map for map of rezoning request.
The property is approximately 101 acres in size. The entire parcel is currently zoned
R-20A. The applicant requested that the property be rezoned into 2 separate zoning districts. The applicant requested that approximately 32 acres near Plantation Drive be rezoned to Planned Development Residential- Multi-Family (PDR-MF). This zoning classification allows single family, 2-family and multi-family dwellings and accessory buildings. Other uses are allowed but by special use only. This is the same zoning classification as currently exists in all of the Quarterdecks, Harbor Walk, Pier Pointe, and the entire Plantation Landing Subdivision, which includes, Mulberry, Masters Court, Gentry Cove, Ashley Place, Pillory and O’Hara.
The applicant requested that the balance of the property, or approximately 68 acres, which adjoins Old Pollocksville Road and the Lakemere Subdivision be rezoned to Planned Development Residential-Single Family (PDR-SF). This zoning classification allows single family dwellings and accessory buildings. Other uses are allowed but by special use only. This is the same zoning classification as currently exists in Lakemere, Lochbridge, Canebrake, Westchester and a few other areas in River Bend.
The rezoning applicant has agreed to attend the July 14, 2022 Council work session to answer questions from the Town Council. This is a work session and there is not a public comment period on the work session agenda. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at Town Hall. The doors will be open to the public at 5:30 p.m. There is a seating capacity for the room and once that has been reached, admittance will be stopped. Reserving of seats is not allowed. CTV-10 has agreed to video tape the meeting. It will be aired on CTV-10 Channel 10 and available on our website as soon as possible. This will be a question and answer session between Town Council and the developer. The Council will not take any action on the rezoning request at this meeting.
The next required step in the process is for the Town Council to conduct a public hearing on the Planning Board’s recommendation. Prior to conducting the public hearing, the town must satisfy all public notice requirements. After the public hearing is conducted, the Town Council may vote on whether or not to approve the rezoning recommendation. The Council has set the date for the public hearing to be on July 28, 2022 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Again, the doors will be open to the public at 5:30 p.m. There is a seating capacity for the room and once that has been reached, admittance will be stopped. Reserving of seats is not allowed. The town’s Public Hearing Policy will be followed. See attached.
Once the Public Hearing has been conducted the Town Council will be authorized to take action on the rezoning request. The Town Council is under no obligation to approve the Planning Board’s recommendation. They will simply consider it along with comments/materials from the developer and input from the public. The Council may vote to approve or reject the recommendation. If the Council votes to reject it, the request will be immediately rejected and no longer an option. The developer could then choose to submit a different request to the Planning Board and start the process over again. If the Council votes to approve it, the rezoning will immediately become effective. At that point, our zoning ordinance for the approved zoning districts will become effective on the property. Any use authorized for those districts by our ordinance will be permitted.
Be advised that an approved rezoning only changes the zoning that applies to the property. It does not grant unrestricted authority for anyone to build anything on the property. Any construction on the property would be subject to all of the applicable requirements of our Zoning Ordinance, just like for any other property in town. For example, a Planned Development would require submission of a subdivision plat for consideration and approval. The plat would require Planning Board review and approval by the Town Council before it could become effective. Minimum standards such as yard setbacks, building height, maximum lot coverage percentage, maximum density, minimum lot size, etc. would all be required to be met.
The developer has provided 3 potential options for site development. Maps of all 3 options are available for viewing in the Council Chamber at Town Hall during normal business hours. Just follow the ARROWS. No appointment is necessary; just come look at them. Be advised that at this point, town staff cannot answer questions about the specifics of the plans. Only the developer can do that. We can only answer questions about what our current ordinance requires. Remember, these maps are only conceptual drawings. They are only options for the Town Council to consider. No Council decision has been made yet. Neither the Town or the Council has issued any permit or granted any approval or authorized anything relative to this issue.
Because this topic is of interest to many in town, the maps are also temporarily displayed on the wall in the picnic shelter beside Town Hall. They will be there so that the public can view them anytime over the weekend while the office is closed.
Please be advised that social media is not always a reliable source for information. Please seek out the facts from a reliable, official source when you are forming your opinion about this potential project.
Posted June 17, 2022