The Guilford County Planning Board will hold its first regular meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension-Agricultural Center at 3309 Burlington Road in Greensboro.

While it will be a regular meeting, it will feature something special: A “legislative and evidentiary hearing” to gather public input on a proposed legislative rezoning decision.

The board will be considering allowing a Special Use Permit for expanding the boundaries of an existing landfill currently used for construction and demolition debris. The property, at 2111 Bishop Road, is zoned Conditional Use Heavy Industrial.

The site in question is in southern Guilford County, west of I-73, east of I-85 and north of Kivett Drive.

The hearing is being held by the Planning Board “to gather competent, material, and substantial evidence in order to make findings for a quasi-judicial decision required by a development regulation” regarding potential land use at the 87-acre site.

Some of the property is currently under a Special Use Permit for the following: a Major Land Clearing and Inert Debris Landfill, a Major Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill and Sandrock Mining Operation. The new request is for a Special Use Permit for additional sections of the site to become a Major Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill.

A variety of proposed conditions are attached to the rezoning request in order to make it more palatable to those who live in the Bishop Road area. Those conditions include a 30-foot “undisturbed vegetative buffer” along part of the new landfill area as well as a promise that access to the property from Concord Church Road will be for emergency use only – not for day-to-day landfill operations.

At the Planning Board’s first meeting of the New Year, the board will hear several other rezoning cases as well.