A request to rezone property from industrial to business will be considered by the Rockingham City Council, when it meets Tuesday.
The council will hold a pubic hearing on the request when it meets at 7:30 p.m. at Rockingham City Hall, 514 Rockingham Road.
Applicant Jimmy Capps has requested the city rezone 1.43 acres located at 106 Yates Hill Road and 195 W. U.S. Highway 74 Business from Light Industrial (I-1) to Highway Business (B-3).
The subject property consists of two tracts located on the northwest corner of Yates Hill Road and West U.S. Hwy 74 Business.
The current use on the corner lot is a convenience store, which is a permitted use in either the I-1 or B-3 zones. The adjacent lot (195 U.S. Hwy 74 Business) was previously used as an automotive repair shop.
In a report on the case, the city’s planning and zoning staff said the applicant recently purchased the property at 195 U.S. Hwy 74 Business and is considering several different types of retail sales uses.
The report notes, as stated in Section 3.01 (K) of the zoning ordinance, the I-1 zone is “intended to accommodate and provide areas for wholesale activities, industrial research, warehousing and light manufacturing operations.”
The ordinance says the B-3 zone is “generally intended to accommodate and provide for the development of a variety of commercial activities where municipal services are available or anticipated … along major thoroughfares and at major intersections.”
The report goes on, “In the opinion of City staff, this is a reasonable and logical request. The location (frontage on US Hwy 74 Business), the current use of the subject property, and the desired future uses of the subject property are more consistent with the stated intent of B-3 zone.”
The Planning Board reviewed Capps’ request on Feb. 4 and recommended the City Council rezone the property.
Also for Tuesday, other agenda items include:
• Presentation of the 2012 Annual Police Department Report by Police Chief Billy Kelly.
• Presentation of an Advance Law Enforcement Certificate to Brandon Lugabihl and Intermediate law Enforcement certificate to Steve Odom by the police chief.
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