City council met Tuesday for its public hearings section, voting on numerous rezoning cases that intend to bring more density to the city of Raleigh.
Tryon Road Mixed Use
Rezoning case Z-33-14 was approved through a unanimous vote. The case, which concerns a 3.65 acre property on Tryon Road, changed the property’s rezoning from Residential-10 to Neighborhood-Mixed Use. Planning staff found the rezoning to be consistent with the comprehensive plan, and the planning commission recommended approval by an 8-0 vote.
The rezoning increases residential density and permits retail and office use. Ted Van Dyke of New City Design Group said many uses were already prohibited on the site, including taverns, bars and vehicular fuel sales.
Rezoning case Z-34-14 was referred to the comprehensive planning committee after a lengthy discussion. The 1.64 acre property on Creedmoor Road is currently zoned Residential-4 and would be rezoned to Office-Mixed Use if the case is approved.
“We are going to have a fairly modest and appropriate development here,” Ted Van Dyke said.
The change would increase residential density and office and retail intensities, and was found to be consistent with the comprehensive plan. The planning commission recommended approval by an 8-0 vote while the northwest citizens advisory committee (CAC) recommended denial by a 3-9 vote.
Christine Goble, a PTA board member of a nearby school, said she was representing other parents when she spoke out against the rezoning. She said that the increased traffic would cause more problems on Creedmoor Road and that the development would cause more “cut-through” traffic. She recommended additional conditions that would remove commercial use.
Oberlin Road Residential Density
Rezoning case Z-36-14 was held open till July 7 at the request of the applicant. The case, concerning a 2.14 acre property on Oberlin Road, aims to rezone the property from Residential-6 to Residential-Mixed Use. The property is located between the Oberlin Village neighborhood and the Cameron Village neighborhood and is positioned near six historic landmarks.
Three citizens spoke out against the case, which would increase residential density. Two spoke about the traffic problems the development would cause and Sabrina Goode, a representative from Friends of Oberlin Village, asked council to be respectful of the neighborhood.
“I’m here to implore you to take your time with this decision,” Goode said. “You can’t un-ring a bell.”
Brier Creek Mixed Use
Rezoning case Z-37-14 was approved unanimously. The case concerns an 8.76 acre property on Brier Creek Parkway that is currently zoned Shopping Center Conditional Use District.
The rezoning to Commercial Mixed Use would allow for an increase in residential density and increase the allowable office and retail intensities. The planning commission recommended approval of the rezoning by a vote of 8-0 while the northwest CAC voted 6-4 in approval, with two members abstaining.
Michael Birch, representing the applicant Davis Moore Capital, said that the mostly likely development for the property would be a single office building with retail on the lower level.
Leesville Road Residential Density
Rezoning case Z-3-15 was approved. The property on Leesville Road will be rezoned from Residential-1 to Residential-6, which will increase the residential density.