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Burlington planning board votes 4-3 against endorsing secession for four homes in historic district

Burlington’s planning commission narrowly recommended against requests submitted from industrialist Allen E. Gant, Jr. and Patrick and Emily Robinson to withdraw four lots along the 1000 block of West Davis Street from the city’s main historic district. The vote occurred Monday night during a regularly-scheduled meeting of the city’s planning and zoning commission, which serves as an advisory board to the city council.

The planning commission’s narrow negative recommendation follows a more overwhelmingly unfavorable recommendation from the city’s historic preservation commission, which voted unanimously against the withdrawal request.

Planning and zoning commission members John Black, Ryan Kirk, Joan Zec Nelson, and alternate Ethan Raynor voted in favor of a motion not to recommend these requests to Burlington’s city council. Richard Parker, the commission’s chairman, voted against the motion along with Lee Roane and James Kirkpatrick.

The requests to leave the historic district is the first the city has faced since the district was established nearly four decades ago.

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The final decision will rest with Burlington’s city council which will likely consider the issue later this month.


See earlier coverage of the requests to withdraw houses and lots from the historic district:

Planning board to consider requests for withdrawal of four homes and lots in historic district along West Davis Street: https://alamancenews.com/planning-board-to-consider-requests-from-two-residents-to-withdraw-four-homes-from-historic-district/

Historic preservation commission given tour of area where residents want to withdraw from city’s historic district: https://alamancenews.com/retired-industrialist-requests-three-properties-including-his-house-be-removed-from-citys-historic-district/

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