The Greensboro City Council approved three annexation and original zoning requests for residential development at the Tuesday, April 19 meeting.

The three requests total about 229 acres and will allow the addition of over 770 dwelling units to the Greensboro housing market.

Only two no votes were cast in the three annexation and original zoning requests and they were by District 2 Councilmember Goldie Wells on the request to annex 112 acres on US 29 and zone them Conditional District Residential Single Family-5 (CD-R-5).

The conditions set the maximum number of single-family homes to be built at 284, and attorney Amanda Hodiern representing the developer GreenHawk Corporation noted that it was basically an extension of the Reedy Fork development by the same developer.

Neighbors in opposition listed a number of concerns including the loss of trees, the construction traffic disrupting their neighborhood, the additional traffic that would be the result of 284 new homes in the area and the lack of defined buffers between their single-family residential neighborhood and the proposed new single-family residential neighborhood.

In support of the request, At-large Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter said, “Greensboro is expanding toward the east it is the only way we can go.”

She added, “As said before, we need housing; we need housing desperately.”

At-large Councilmember Hugh Holston said, “I’ve been all across the city and I often hear about housing and affordable housing.  One of the first things we can do is increase our housing stock.”

However, Wells said, “I’m voting no to be in sync with my constituents.”

While District 1 Councilmember Sharon Hightower voted in favor of the motions she said, “Goldie, I’m with you in spirit.”

It is a common practice for the two councilmembers representing East Greensboro, Wells and Hightower, to vote against rezoning requests and in this case original zoning requests in East Greensboro despite the fact that they also frequently lament the lack of development in East Greensboro.