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County planning board to consider 'wedding barn' Monday

By Jessie Burchette
jburchette@salisburypost.com
Plans for a wedding and corporate events barn and a mini-storage warehouse will go before the Rowan County Planning Board Monday night.
In both cases, the board will make a recommendation on rezoning parcels from rural agricultural zoning to commercial, business, industrial zoning with conditional-use restrictions.
Ashley Turnage, of Charlotte, and Meredith Poore, of Mount Holly, have plans to build a traditional southern-style barn and outdoor garden area in the 12000 block of N.C. 801 in the Mount Ulla community.
The 5,000-square-foot facility would be rented primarily for weddings and could be used for other events. The business plan includes alcohol served on site and optional catering.
Turnage and Poore plan to buy the 3.17 acres from American Land Corp. of Charlotte if the rezoning is approved.
County planning staff is recommending a substantial setback of 100 feet or more from N.C. 801 to blend into the Mount Ulla farming community.
Planners are recommending approval with conditions regarding screening, landscaping and a requirement that the barn facade must be of wood, HardiePlank or similar material, not vinyl siding or metal construction.
The Planning Board will hear the third proposal for mini-storage warehouses in recent months.
Robert Harris, of 835 Pebble Point, proposes building a 2,000-square-foot mini-warehouse on a 5.5 acre parcel located at 1680 Long Ferry Road. The property is currently owned by Kay Robinson and is adjacent to Harris’ construction business.
The 20-by-100-foot warehouse would be located 175 feet from Long Ferry Road and in front of an existing mobile home.
Staff is recommending rezoning part of the tract.
“Mini-warehouses have seemingly become an increasingly popular business endeavor within Rowan County over the past few years,” staff wrote in a memo to the Planning Board.
In other matters, Planning Director Ed Muire will update the board on the land-use study for western Rowan.
The Planning Board could receive the study at its August session. The steering committee working on the study is scheduled to complete its work in the next couple of weeks.
The Rowan County Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the Cohen Administration Building, 130 W. Innes St.

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