ROSEBORO — Despite the approval of the Roseboro Planning and Zoning Board, the Roseboro commissioners decided to table a decision about amending text in the town’s zoning ordinance.
A proposed text amendment that would allow multi-family residences (apartment complexes) to be constructed in the thoroughfare business district lead commissioners through a public hearing at last week’s meeting, but commissioners decided to table any further decision until more details were made available.
The decision was made after an original motion from Cyndi Templin was changed to delay a permanent decision from the board.
According to Faye Lewis, zoning administrator, a request has been made to amend the town’s zoning ordinance and allow apartment buildings to be built in the town’s thoroughfare districts. Commissioners were asked to consider allowing permits to be conditional.
According to Lewis, permitted permits would approve all apartment complexes, without further consideration, but conditional permits would require the board to consider each request individually.
“The board would have the option to put particular conditions on the permit before the proposed development is approved,” Lewis said about conditional permits.
The request for the change came from Peter Patel, who would like to consider converting the old American Legion building, if the text amendment was made. Tuesday night’s action would only allow for the text amendment to the zoning ordinance, not a particular project, which would have to come before the board for approval after going before the zoning board.
“So nothing is really being approved except the condition that someone could build in that area,” commissioner Richard Barefoot questioned.
According to Lewis, the board’s action Tuesday night would allow for the opportunity for someone to apply for a permit to construct apartments within that specified district of the town.
In situations like the presented amendment, Lewis said the board usually looks at Clinton for direction, in which case Clinton does allow for such development in its thoroughfare district.
Tuesday night’s public hearing allowed residents to speak in favor of or against the change in the zoning ordinance that would allow multi-family dwellings in the thoroughfare district. The district covers a spread out area of the town, starting at one end of town and going to the other. Patel was not present during the meeting to speak either way, but one resident was present to bring his concern before the board.
During the public hearing, the one concern that was mentioned was whether or not the Roseboro Fire Department was trained and equipped for answering calls to multi-level facilities.
“If they allow the amendment to be changed, would this give permission for companies to come in and develop multi level complexes,” the resident asked.
There is a 35-foot height restriction, but Lewis suggested the board issue conditional use permits so that each situation would be assessed and determine the needs for meeting fire safety standards.
“I don’t really have any problem with conditional use, but I think we as a board need to have some specific guidelines for these builders to come in here,” Barefoot shared.
Conditional use permits are specific to each development and would address any guidelines or standards that relate to the particular development, Lewis added.
“Right now we would be opening the door so that someone could come in and apply,” Barefoot said.
Templin’s motion, which would be conditional use, was made to approve the text amendment, only to be changed to table the issue until further information could be brought before the board at next month’s meeting.
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