Planning Commission Recommends Allowing Food Trucks in New Zoning Designation

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The planning commission met Tuesday to discuss numerous rezoning cases and one text change that will allow for food trucks within the neighborhood mixed use and the office park districts.

A case to rezone a 12.84 property at the intersection of Buffaloe Road and Durwood Lane was recommended for approval. A valid statutory protest petition (VSPP) had been filed in the case. The change was from residential-4 to residential-10. Staff had found the case to be consistent with the future land use map and all applicable policies within the comprehensive plan.

Commissioner Terando asked after seeing pictures of the site if the roads were up to standards. Todd Delk, in the city’s transportation staff, said that the applicant would be required to make improvements to the road if the rezoning were to be approved.

Attorney Michael Birch, representing the applicant, said they had chosen residential-10 because it was the first density to allow for the building of townhomes. The actual density of the planned development, however, would be residential-6. Curb, gutter, and sidewalk would be added to the developer’s side of Durwood Lane.

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Two neighborhood residents spoke out in opposition. Angela Wilson said she had lived in her home for seven years and had concerns about increased traffic and safety. Cindy Sperigosa said that she had collected the signatures for the VSPP in 36 hours on a holiday weekend and that traffic was also a concern of hers.

In rebuttal, Birch said that the stub roads would not be connected through, which would have caused the increased traffic. The item was then recommended for approval.

Two Rezoning Cases and Text Change for Food Trucks also Recommended For Approval

Z-19-15, which concerned a 12.56 acre property on TW Alexander Drive, was recommended for approval. The change was from thoroughfare district to office mixed use with a seven story height cap and parking limited frontage. Staff found the case to be consistent with the future land use map and all applicable policies of the comprehensive plan.

The applicant David York said that the stated purpose of the rezoning was to allow for the building of a senior housing living facility. He said that the northwest citizens advisory council (CAC) had voted unanimously in recommending approval of the rezoning. The planning commission did likewise.

Z-28-15, which concerned a 1.93 acre parcel on Six Forks Road, was also recommended for approval. The change was from residential-4 to office mixed use with a three story height cap and parking limited frontage. Staff found the rezoning to be consistent with the future land use map and all applicable policies of the comprehensive plan.

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The applicant said he wanted parking limited frontage to move the development closer to the street. The commission found it to be in the public’s interest because the rezoning would allow for better transit along a transit emphasis corridor and increased employment opportunities. It was then recommended for approval.

TC-9-15, a text change to allow food trucks in the neighborhood mixed use and office park districts, was recommended for approval unanimously. City staff said that this text change would increase the amount of the acres allowed for food trucks by 756.

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