• 75°

Rowan Planning Board will recommend draft land use plan to commissioners

By Karissa Minn
kminn@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY ó The Rowan County Planning Board voted unanimously Monday to recommend a draft land use plan for areas east of Interstate 85 to county commissioners.
No one spoke at a public hearing at Mondayís meeting, and the board held no discussion before its vote.
The Rowan County Board of Commissioners likely will consider the plan at a January meeting, Planning Director Ed Muire said Monday.
The study recommendations mirror those in the countyís land use plan for areas west of the interstate, which was approved in 2009.
The planning board invited feedback on its land use study by email, through its website, and at three public workshops in September.
Those comments were attached to the draft plan in an appendix, Muire said, but the board and staff made no major changes.
Industrial and commercial corridors are recommended in areas around I-85 and U.S. 29, as well as an area on U.S. 52 near Gold Hill.
The plan says the corridor between Salisbury and China Grove is an appropriate location for manufacturing, distribution and motorsports industries.
One member of the public said the I-85 highway corridor is more appropriate for the western side of the interstate.
ěEncouraging more industrial and commercial next to these existing residential developments would be troublesome for the many residents that live along that portion of the corridor,î the person wrote in an email.
Someone else said a highway corridor for U.S. 152 East could cause traffic issues for local residents, even though the existing commercial and industrial areas work well.
ěThe road facility cannot support the traffic generated by linear ëstripí type development and will most likely not be widened for the next 15 to 20 years,î the emailed comment states.
Commercial development would be encouraged at a proposed regional node around the Old Beatty Ford Road area. The plan also recommends mixed-use developments that incorporate small businesses, retail and housing there.
Smaller, community nodes are proposed at several key intersections, where commercial uses that ěsupport the existing populationís need for retail goods and servicesî would be encouraged.
According to the plan, the voluntary agricultural district program and ěagri-business and natural resource related industriesî would be promoted in rural areas.
Commissioners asked for the land use study in May. During the study, planning board and staff researched the eastern Rowan areaís geography, history, population, economic data, housing, land use, community facilities, natural environment and transportation.
Other comments received by the planning department include:
ěMore protection (is) needed to ensure adequate buffers are in place and/or provided between established residential areas and any commercial or industrial development.
ěOrdinances need more defined criteria to ensure residential property owners are protected against the potentially harmful noise, dust, odor and traffic that can be associated with many industrial and commercial properties.î
ěFarm use is not a ëgentleí use of land. Forests are removed, soil is tilled (creating sedimentation that migrates to the Yadkin and its tributaries), and phosphate run-off from fertilizers create algae that alters the waterís natural oxygen balance.
ěSo I would propose that with proper vegetation buffering, at least light industrial uses should be allowed in the same zoned areas as ëagriculturalí use.î
ěI think the entire N.C. 152 could use a shared path for bicycles and pedestrians, with the stretch from the high school into China Grove as a priority.î
ěLeave landowners the – – – – alone… we donít want government control.î
Contact reporter Karissa Minn at 704-797-4222.
Twitter: twitter.com/postcopolitics
Facebook: facebook.com/Karissa. SalisburyPost

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

RSS budgeting for tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding

East Spencer

‘Back in full swing’ for the spring: East Spencer community gathers for food, fun and fellowship at Spring Fest

Local

Rowan native Lingle among those honored with NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame induction

Business

Former pro baseball player, Tar Heel standout Russ Adams finds new career with Trident Insured

Education

Profoundly gifted: Salisbury boy finishing high school, associates degree at 12

Local

Cheerwine Festival will stick to Main Street, stay away from new park in September

Lifestyle

Celebrating Rowan County’s early cabinetmakers

Education

Service Above Self announces youth challenge winners

Business

Economic Development Commission creates search tool for people seeking Rowan County jobs

Columns

Amy-Lynn Albertson: Arts and Ag Farm Tour set for June 5

High School

High school baseball: Mustangs top Falcons on strength of hurlers

Business

Biz Roundup: Application process now open for Rowan Chamber’s 29th Leadership Rowan class

Sports

Keith Mitchell leads McIlroy, Woodland by 2 at Quail Hollow

Nation/World

States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes

Nation/World

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

News

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting

Coronavirus

People receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine grows by less than 1%

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools brings Skills Rowan competition back to its roots

Business

Weak jobs report spurs questions about big fed spending

News

Judge limits footage that family can see of deputy shooting in Elizabeth City

Sports

Woodland, two others share lead; Mickelson plays much worse but will still be around for weekend at Quail Hollow

Business

Former NHL player to open mobster themed bar in Raleigh

Nation/World

California population declines for first time