ROSEBORO — Town residents will have the opportunity to speak on two different matters at public hearings that have been scheduled for the board’s next meeting, April 12.
According to Roseboro mayor Alice Butler, a public hearing concerning a text amendment to the town’s ordinance and the adoption of the Sampson-Duplin Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan have been placed on the meeting’s agenda. The first public hearing, which would allow multi-family dwellings in the Thoroughfare Business Zone, is a continuation of a public hearing held at the March meeting.
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 at last month’s meeting.
“As you know, we tabled any decisions last month on the text amendment changes to allow multi-family dwellings (apartments) in the Thoroughfare Business Zone,” Butler said. “Several questions were asked from the public, so Faye Lewis is bringing more information board. One of the main questions was about fire safety. Fire Chief Lee Coleman will be able to better respond to those questions.”
The proposed text amendment that would allow multi-family residences (apartment complexes) to be constructed in the thoroughfare business district, but commissioners decided to table any further decision until more details were made available.
According to 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. Permitted permits would approve all apartment complexes, without further consideration, but conditional permits would require the board to consider each request individually.
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.
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.
Next week’s public hearing will allow 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.
Following concerns addressed during last month’s meeting, Lewis will bring standards before the board next week, standards that specify requirements for constructing a multi-family dwelling.
The second public hearing scheduled for next week concerns the town’s adoption of the Sampson-Duplin Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which has been approved at the state level, according to Butler.
“We are asked to pass a resolution to approve and abide by the Mitigation Plan (in case of natural disaster),” Butler said. “This Plan benefits the town in that we would qualify for FEMA reimbursements for cleanup in the event of disaster. Both town clerk Tony Blalock and commissioner Cary Holland attended a meeting earlier this year in regards to this.”
Tuesday night’s meeting and public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m., April 12, at town hall.
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