On Thursday afternoon, Jan. 7, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss Summerfield Farms Village a proposed development that has divided that community.

Some, like Summerfield Mayor BJ Barnes, think the project would be a great step forward for the community, while others in the small town argue that housing developments like the one proposed will impose on the pleasant rural nature of the town.

Normally, a work session like this would bring out many people from Summerfield to watch. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators will have to do with viewing the work session online. The meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse in downtown Greensboro.

In addition to holding a discussion on Summerfield Farms, the commissioners will receive an update on the county’s COVID-19 initiatives – and the board will also transact “any other necessary business.”

In September 2020, Summerfield farmer and developer David Couch gave a presentation to Summerfield Town Council on his plan to bring residences to hundreds of acres of land that he owns.

Couch is also calling on the City of Greensboro and Guilford County to play a role in the water and other infrastructure needed – which is why the topic will be discussed by the commissioners this week.

Barnes told the Rhino Times last September that he was delighted with what he’d seen in Couch’s presentation. The mayor said he was aware that some Summerfield citizens don’t want things to change but he added that Couch’s plans called for an extremely nice residential area that would use open space, trails and other methods to preserve a lot of the natural beauty of the area.

Many other Summerfield residents don’t share that view.

Citizens can watch the work session using GoToWebinar by going to the address https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7942654707875270415.

They can also listen on the telephone at 1 (877) 309-2071, using access code 913-359-288.