Buncombe Commissioners preview: Zoning out

The May 1 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will feature a pair of rezoning requests to allow more development in Oteen and Fairview.

Property owner H.P. Patel is requesting that a 1.78 acre parcel be rezoned from R–2 (Residential District) to CS (Commercial Service District). The property is located in Oteen at 1501 Tunnel Road, east of the intersection of Porters Cove Intersection and Tunnel Road.

The tract is currently vacant.  The surrounding area is comprised of residential development and commercial development to the west within the City of Asheville’s Highway Business zoning district, according to a report by the Buncombe County Department of Planning and Development. Patel is considering a variety of commercial uses for the property, including a hotel, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Carol Holcombe is requesting the rezoning of approximately 1.04 acres from R-LD (Low-Density Residential District) to CS (Commercial Service District). The property is located in Fairview at the northwest corner of the intersection of Old Charlotte Highway and Charlotte Highway, adjacent to the Southcliff development. The tract is currently being used as a commercial plant nursery, according to a report by the Department of Planning and Development.

Planning staff and the Planning Board are both recommending that commissioners approve both the requests.

In other business, the commissioners will consider a report on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s secondary roads construction program. The department is planning to spend nearly $2.2 million on improvements to various roads in Buncombe County. The largest single project is planned for a 10 mile stretch of Old Fort and Chestnut Hill roads in Fairview, which are scheduled to get $210,000 worth of shoulder widening, drainage upgrades and sight distance improvements.

In addition, the commissioners plan to present a pair of Buncombe County Environmental Leadership awards to local individuals and businesses who are making a positive impact on the environment.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in the commissioner’s chambers, located at 30 Valley St. A short pre-meeting review of the agenda will begin at 4:15 p.m.

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