Nash board OKs rezoning request


Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Nash County Board of Commissioners approved Monday a rezoning request to convert a residential tract of land in the southern part of the county into commercial property.

Commissioners held a public hearing in which neighbors spoke for and against the request to rezone a 5.25-acre tract at N.C. 231 and Cone Road north of Turkey Creek and the Samaria community. Landowner Taranpreet Singh asked that the property be changed from agricultural to rural commercial. The property has been used as a storage lot for U-Hauls rented by Singh at the Mart 231 convenience store across the road.

The Nash County Technical Review Committee and Planning Board previously determined the request to be consistent with the Nash County Land Development Plan. The plan recommends location criteria for the establishment of nonresidential, rural commercial land uses in the suburban growth area, which is almost all of the county. The four criteria are: Frontage and access to a major state highway or secondary road; location at a major intersection; proximity to similar uses; and spatial separation from non-compatible uses such as existing residential development.

The site has frontage along and direct access to both N.C. 231, a major state highway, and Cone Road, a state-maintained secondary road; is located at N.C. 231 and Cone Road, where 1,300 to 1,600 vehicles per day pass the site; is located directly across from and in close proximity to the already existing and commercially-zoned Mart 231; and while the site is located immediately adjacent to existing residences, screening buffer requirements could mitigate the proximity, according to information provided by Nash County Planning Director Nancy Nixon.

In other business, the board passed a resolution to support the dedication of a tree in recognition of the Coalition for Addiction, Recovery and Education Initiative and the HOPE Initiative.

CARE developed out of a recommendation from the Nash County Human Services Board to the Nash County Board of Commissioners in 2016. CARE now consists of more than 35 local agencies in Nash and Edgecombe counties working together to provide the community with education and resources.

The HOPE Initiative was the first “angel” program in the state with the purpose to assist people with substance use disorders to find treatment options and long-term sustained recovery. As of March 1, the HOPE Initiative has assisted 338 people with substance use disorders.

Both organizations have been serving Nash County residents for two years.

The tree dedication is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 23 at the Nash County Arboretum on the grounds of the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville.