Just a few days before the national college football champion is determined next month, the Guilford County Planning Board will determine the developmental future of a large swath of land near the intersection of North Church Street and Ariel Farm Road just north of Greensboro.  

This week, Guilford County gave notice of a public hearing for citizen input on a proposed zoning change that will be heard at the January Planning Board meeting.  

The 283 acres in question is on the east side of North Church Street, starting about 2,000 feet north of the intersection with Ariel Farm Road.

At the January meeting, the board will consider whether to rezone that property from Agricultural and RS-40 to a Rural Preservation District, with some attached conditions. That designation would only allow low-density residential development and agricultural uses in an effort to help protect the landscape and the natural features of the area.

The Planning Board will hear that rezoning request, along with other cases, at the board’s meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House in downtown Greensboro.

The conditions placed on the preservation district zoning would allow “only single-family [housing] and customary accessory uses.”

According to county officials, the proposed rezoning is consistent with the county’s Northern Lakes Area Plan land-use classification of “Agricultural Rural Residential” – so, if the zoning change is approved, no plan amendment would be necessary.

The land is owned by Margaret Brande, Dorcas Broadway, William and Pong Nam Gregory, Gloria Mayo, Rebecca and William Johnson, Louise Billings, and Nellie and Sidney Stone.