Northwest CAC Votes in Favor of New Retirement Village

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Two rezoning cases were presented at the Northwest Citizens Advisory Council meeting earlier this month, including one that calls for a 200-unit retirement village off TW Alexander Drive.

Although both properties are owned by the Texas-based Stratford Land Advisors, each will be developed by different companies.

The site of a future retirement village

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The site of a future retirement village

The July 14 meeting marked the second appearance of Z-19-15 before the Northwest CAC, as it had initially been presented at June’s meeting. This time, it was scheduled for a vote.

David York, of Smith, Moore and Leatherwood presented the case on behalf of senior living developer Cambridge Village, which currently operates retirement communities in Apex, Wilmington and Roxboro.

York noted that the development on TW Alexander Drive was consistent with the future land use, and said that conditions on the property would prohibit a detention center, jail or prison and require a public transit easement.

CAC attendees voted to approve the case 9-0, a stark contrast to a case presented in June for a new shopping center, against which the CAC voted 63-16.

Brier Creek Office Building

Z-22-15, which calls for a new five-story, 168,000 square foot office building at 7751 Brier Creek Parkway, was presented for the first time to the CAC on July 14.

Chad Essick, of Poyner, Spruill LLP presented the case on behalf of Heritage properties. It would rezone the 9.48 acre property from CUD TD w/PDD to OX-5-CU.

The site of a future office building

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The site of a future office building

Essick said the project creates a public benefit because it would provide offices within an existing, highly-developed retail area.

“Currently the future land use map designates this property for office and residential uses, but [it’s] currently zoned exclusively for retail uses,” Essick said.

“The rezoning would rezone the property consistent with the Future Land Use Map.”

A condition on the property would prohibit telecommunication towers greater than 250 feet.

A vote will be held on the case at the August meeting of the Northwest CAC.

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