Mebane’s planning board considered Monday night whether to recommend rezoning for 8.88 acres of a lot that originally tallied over 12 acres for light manufacturing.
The lot is to the north of the current Lotus Bakery plant.
Another sliver of land on the other side of the roadway, totaling about 3.8 acres, would remain as presented zoned, R-20, residential.
Josh Drye with Samet Corporation made the presentation for his company which is asking that the R-20, residential zoning be left intact for the eastern portion of the property, but that the larger, western section, which is adjacent to the Lotus Bakery industrial site, be rezoned from R-20 to light manufacturing.
Samet has developed the industrial site where Lotus and about another dozen or more companies have manufacturing or distribution facilities in the North Carolina Industrial Center, whose main entrance has been off South Third Street.
A neighbor on the residential side of the street, James Gillis, suggested that Samet should consider donating the sliver of land that would remain residential inasmuch as not much could be done with it because of its configuration as a long, narrow stretch.
Emphasizing that no change was being made to the eastern side of the street that concerned Gillis, board member Lori Oakley made a motion, adopted unanimously by the board, to rezone the western portion for light industrial use.