The Guilford County Planning Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 12 at 6 p.m. to hear a host of rezoning cases that would allow for more land in the county to be put to a “higher” use.
The board members will meet in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in downtown Greensboro, but the county is encouraging any members of the public who wish to participate to do so virtually instead of showing up in person.
One request the board will consider is to rezone 4041 thru 4045 Randleman Road from its current residential classification (RS-40) to Highway Business Use.
The property, which is on the east side of Randleman Road, is about 700 feet north of the intersection with South Elm-Eugene Street, and the rezoning is for about two acres.
That rezoning would allow for business use. However – due to conditions attached to the request – the new zoning wouldn’t allow some uses that a Highway Business classification area ordinarily would allow. For instance, nearby residents won’t have to worry about the property being used for a homeless shelter or an auto junkyard – nor, interestingly, would the rezoning allow for the property to be home to an indoor shooting range. A fraternity or sorority house and a “Go-cart Raceway” – all very noisy affairs – are also excluded by the conditions.
That proposed rezoning is inconsistent with Guilford County’s Southern Area Plan– so, if approved, an area plan amendment would be required from the Planning Board.
Another case scheduled to be heard at the meeting is a rezoning of 814 Knox Road from Light Industrial to Highway Business Use. That six acres of land rests on the northwest corner of the intersection of Knox Road and Kivett Dairy Road in McLeansville. As with the Randleman Road case, the proposed rezoning is inconsistent with an existing land use plan. In this case, an amendment to the county’s Northeast Area Plan would be required for the rezoning to be put into effect.
Another case before the Planning Board calls for rezoning 35 acres on the 3600 block of Brick Church Road, just south of Whitsett. The owners of that land are requesting it be rezoned from Agricultural to Planned Unit Development-Residential (PD-R) – a use that’s intended to accommodate “a variety of housing types developed on large tracts in accordance with a Unified Development Plan.”
“PD-R” districts also can accommodate neighborhood businesses and office uses.
That proposed rezoning is consistent with Guilford County’s Rock Creek Area Plan.
The county’s Planning Board is hearing several other rezoning cases as well.
The meeting room will be open only for the members of the public who are unable to participate virtually. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with social distancing guidelines in effect.
The public is being encouraged to go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4083618479808299022 and use the Webinar ID 699-902-499 to attend or participate.