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Conflict emerges on Bannertown apartments

DOBSON — 3 properties came before county officers very last week in requests for zoning variations. Two went efficiently, but 1 fulfilled opposition.

Two of the rezoning requests had been related to another person wanting a location to function a modest business. Just one male spoke of his furniture generating/refinishing operate, and an additional reported he wished to promote golfing carts and perhaps motor vehicles.

The 3rd request associated to constructing a multi-resident housing device in Bannertown.

The Surry County Board of Commissioners listened to speakers on both of those sides of the challenge involving 174 New St., which is the street that goes behind the Greenback Common keep on U.S. 52 Business.

Manuel Contreras owns 1.3 acres of land along New Street. He previously owns a modest, 6-family members unit on the street. The land and constructing tax worth will come to $164,000 according to a Setting up Board report to the board. Contreras would like to add another very similar device subsequent door.

Joseph Jose Melendez spoke on behalf of the proprietor of the land.

Melendez stated the proprietor experienced transformed the present device, doing every thing by the reserve, and he wants to do anything by the ebook with the new flats.

Randy Parker, who lives throughout the street on Gwyn Avenue, reported throughout the transforming, “there had been a large amount of thefts in the local community.”

“The persons who are in there now have wild functions, drinking, sounds, vulgar audio coming from speakers,” Parker stated. Of the new framework, he explained, “I oppose.”

Haywood Easter stated he occupies two heaps on New Street.

One particular of the main issues he has for any additional housing on the small street is the ailment of the highway.

“Vehicles can’t truly go side by aspect,” Easter said.

He claimed it has been in the talks for numerous yrs about the N.C. Section of Transportation extending New Road south to U.S. 52 Bypass. Then truck targeted traffic could be routed from N.C. 103 in Flat Rock away from the downtown intersection at Renfro Street/East Pine Street and then out to the freeway on New Road.

With the chance of a lot a lot more traffic in the household neighborhood, the issue will come up of widening the roads onto people’s own residence, as very well as the danger to small children receiving into the roadway. This could be designed even worse by adding multi-spouse and children models there, he thought.

“I have nothing from the present-day proprietor,” Easter explained. “I imagine the world of him. … He has finished a wonderful position fixing the flats up.”

“In the earlier there has been a ton of drug action all around the apartments,” he continued. That has not been the case considering the fact that Contreras took about, but could even now be a concern going forward.

“To be trustworthy with you, we oppose these flats remaining created prior to there’s anything getting done (to increase the conditions).”

Easter explained he understands he will reduce the struggle from the apartments due to the fact Contreras owns the house, pays his taxes and has a suitable to pursue the American aspiration. But, he preferred to bring awareness to issues in the neighborhood “before we unexpectedly bounce into this.”

Chelsea Ward told the commissioners, “I come to feel like I’m the one particular who would be affected most by the apartments for the reason that I’m the assets ideal beside the great deal.”

Like Easter, she said she doesn’t have nearly anything versus Contreras and appreciates him repairing up the present apartments.

“I feel like it is served the neighborhood,” she mentioned. “I do sense like we have improved people in there now, minus a number of troubles.”

However, she feels like having an apartment making correct next door to her would choose absent her particular privacy and decreased her residence price.

There are some trees among the lots to build a buffer, but Ward fears those will be minimize down in the course of the development.

Johnny Easter, the county’s progress companies director, spelled out that with affliction-use zoning, the commissioners and organizing board can put some circumstances in put ahead of approving the rezoning.

For instance, the 1st developing was constructed ahead of there was metropolis drinking water support on the avenue, the director reported. If Contreras would like to construct a new intricate, both equally structures would have to be related to Mount Airy’s h2o and sewer company.

Commissioner Larry Johnson pointed out that the neighbors never appear to have an concern with the landowner and how he is making an attempt to boost the assets, and asked if anybody confirmed up at the preparing board meeting to complain.

Johnny Easter stated no one particular appeared right before the organizing board, even though he acquired some cell phone calls and those people issues have been brought to the notice of the board.

Commissioner Van Tucker claimed the commissioners ordinarily vote indeed or no, but he questioned if the commissioners could vote no and send it back again to the arranging board to handle some of the issue lifted.

The director claimed that could be performed, and stated that this rezoning only has an effect on the land use. Any structure that would be built on that land is one more matter altogether and would have to go by way of the good allowing process with the county.

The director reported that this 2nd make any difference would address this sort of subjects as possessing good setback from the road frontage, acquiring suitable parking for the families, and attainable buffers/privacy fencing concerning it and neighboring tons.

Chairman Mark Marion asked Melendez if Contreras would have any situation complying with disorders these types of as buffering and parking.

Melendez explained he would be obliged to do every thing by the book and observe the county’s ailments. “He is really individual about how he wants items performed.”

Soon after listening to Easter, the commissioners selected to deliver the rezoning again to the preparing board to address these concerns.

The director said he would like to give the operator enough probability to put together for the meeting, so he suggested the March board meeting fairly than February.

• The up coming rezoning request came from Lorn Perkosky, who is seeking to set a organization on 1.77 acres off Prepare dinner College Road, on the backside of Kevin Powell’s Foothill Ford, said Johnny Easter.

The ask for covers two parcels: just one of 1.32 acres for the enterprise and an additional .45 acre next to it.

The director reported the difficulty was unanimously permitted by the arranging board as he experienced zero phone calls against it.

Perkosky admitted that he did not know that he could not just use the land any way he wished. He claimed he couldn’t envision everyone wanting to use the whole lot for residential housing due to the fact it is so shut to U.S. 52 that there is a large amount of street noise.

In point, simply because of the sounds outside the house, he explained it appears like a fantastic position to put a workshop that would once in a while make its own noise.

The commissioners authorised this ask for.

• Tony Tilley came in advance of the board for rezoning on .92 of an acre on Tom Jones Highway in Ararat. He is looking to market golfing carts and vehicles.

The setting up board observed in its suggestion that there are currently two industrial structures on Tilley’s home.

Tilley claimed buffering isn’t an difficulty as three-fourths of the encompassing place is his other house on that website.

Like Perkosky, Tilley was swiftly approved by the county board.