Downtown rezoning gets tabled
Jonathan David Phillips
A move to rezone more than 150 properties in downtown Yadkinville will have to wait until November.
The town board tabled the effort Oct. 1. Town Manager Ken Larking said the board wanted to give the public more time.
"It wasn't a matter of voting it down," he said.
He said he'll recommend the issue be revisited Nov. 5, during the town's next meeting. The Oct.1 meeting garnered plenty of interest from residents.
Larking said property owners were more curious than opposed.
He said everyone who has asked questions have been "pretty pleased with our answers."
"It went really well," he said of the public hearing.
Larking said the town board is taking property owners' requests to not rezone their land "very seriously." He said those wanting their land to remain as it is are likely to get what they want.
"We can't guarantee all," he said, "but the majority will."
Commissioner Betty Hoots Driver said Monday that she wished the board would have tabled the issue before it went to a vote. She said she was surprised by the number of people who arrived at the town meeting.
"I was surprised with the lack of knowledge," she said.
With more time, she said, the public will have a better grasp of the information.
"At least everybody will have the chance to take it serious," she said.
Larking and the town planning board have suggested changes to residential, business, industrial and manufacturing properties. They have drafted a new zoning map, which would replace the original 1974 map, which is missing dates and only contains handwritten records from 1986 to 1998.
The planning board used the 2005 Yadkinville Land Use Plan -- a document that helps the town plan its growth and appearance for the next 20 years -- as a guide to decide, which properties should be rezoned, and what they should be rezoned to. Larking has said the new map will end the guessing game when it comes to questions about properties.
All property owners have been contacted, he said. The town has placed ads in newspapers, on posted signs and has listed the information on its Web site, discussed the item at town meetings and sent letters to owners -- in some cases, two letters.
"I personally feel like we've done as much as we can," Larking said.
He said his office has received several phone calls from property owners and he's hoping people will continue to contact him.
"That's what I'm here for," he said.
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