The Greensboro City Council had five annexations and original zoning requests and two rezoning requests on the agenda at the Tuesday, Sept. 20 meeting.

The City Council approved every request, all but two by unanimous votes.

Both of the rezoning requests had opposition, as did one of the annexations and original zoning requests. While the City Council spent much more time considering the requests that had opposition, in the end it didn’t make much difference whether the neighbors opposed the request or not.

Councilmember Sharon Hightower in the past has voted against most annexation and original zoning and rezoning requests that had opposition.  However, on Sept. 20, Hightower voted in favor of all the requests except one, which had no opposition.

Hightower voted against the annexation and original zoning of Conditional District Residential Single-family-7 (CD-R-7) for 15 acres at 4513 McKnight Mill Road.

It appeared that Hightower voted no because the developer didn’t present a rendering of the proposed single-family residential development.

City Attorney Chuck Watts explained that renderings were not required and were not binding.  He said, “Once you get the zoning, you can change them.”

There was opposition to a request for annexation and original zoning to Conditional District-Residential Multi-family-8 (CD-RM-8) for 31.5 acres at 222 and 226 Clapp Farms Road.  But the City Council passed the requests by 8-0 votes.  Councilmember Zack Matheny was absent from the meeting.

Some of the concerns stated by those in opposition included that the 110 homes planned for the development would not be in keeping with the rural character of the area, that there were wild turkeys that lived on the land and that the creek that ran through the property was “stinky.”

It was also stated that the area was a “food desert” and that more traffic was coming to the area because the new Publix distribution center was less than a mile away.

A rezoning request for 325 Erwin St. from Residential Single-family-5 (R-5) to Conditional District-Residential Multi-family-8 (CD-RM-8) with the uses restricted to a daycare center or a single-family residence had opposition from the neighborhood.

But the opponents only managed to convince Councilmember Hugh Holston that a daycare center would not be an appropriate use for the property.

The rezoning request passed on a 7-1 vote.

It appears it’s a good time to get property annexed and zoned or rezoned in Greensboro.