Rezoning requests occupies most of monthly meeting

By Clint Parker

Woodfin – Rezoning was the major topic at Woodfin Town Commissioners’ monthly meeting Tuesday (May 19) as the members once again only allowed public attendance to the meeting via video conferencing. Most of the commissioners were present for the meeting except for one who was on via video.

The town held a public hearing on a proposed rezoning of 9 Elk Mountain Place from R-10 to R-7. According to information the town had recieved from the owner of the properties is they would like all three properties at that location to be all zoned the same. Two of the properties were zoned R-10 and the third was R-7 and they felt it would be easier to work with all the same zoning.

The only one to speak during the public hearing was the applicant’s attorney. The hearing was then closed, and a vote was taken with unanimous approval of the rezoning.

The next item on the agenda was a public hearing on a request from a developer at Walnut Springs Drive to have the property rezone from R-7 to Mountain Village. “If you’re familiar with that, they started a project and built townhouses, I guess, I don’t know they may have converted them to condos. Anyway, they have some townhomes on it and they’d like to move forward on their project and work on the next phase. They would like to change the zoning from R-7 to Mountain Village to get a better use of their land and save more green space,” said Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHahn as he introduced the request.

He then opened the hearing up where resident Louise Ordway said she didn’t believe that she had gotten a clear answer from the developer on this change and was opposed to it. “Our zoning is currently R-7 and we were told that the new development portion would be townhomes and don’t understand why we would need that zoning changed,” said Ordway. Her concerns stemmed from the possibility of the additional uses that the Mountain Village zoning would provide, which could be for things like daycare centers and coffee shops.

After some discussion with the developer coming in and reassuring Ordway that the project did not contain any daycare, commercial or retail construction, only the zoning would let them develop the most green space and walking trails. The board then voted their approval of the zoning change.

The board then passed a motion to declare two police vehicles as surplus and heard reports from police, public works, the ABC Board and the administration. The board then went into executive session and then adjourned.


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