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City council approves new zoning for Burlington Christian Academy, two other projects

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Burlington’s city council has bestowed its blessing on a rezoning request that allows the continued expansion of Burlington Christian Academy, as well as the nearby Burlington Assembly of God Church and the Assembly Oaks Retirement Community.

During a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the council gave a unanimous nod to this proposed change, which allows a short list of general business uses on roughly 20.21 acres near Tucker Street’s juncture with East Sixth Street. The uses allowed under the new zoning label are essentially the same ones that currently exist on the property.

According to Burlington’s planning director Jamie Lawson, this zoning change is merely intended to clean up the property’s old land use designation so that the property owner will no longer need to make constant revisions to special use permits in order for its facilities to grow and develop.

“This will allow the Burlington Christian Academy to expand in the way they see fit,” Lawson elaborated, “without having to go back through the board of adjustment.”

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The city council ultimately voted 4-to-0 for the requested change. Absent from Tuesday’s meeting, and consequently not part of the vote, was Burlington’s mayor pro tem Harold Owen.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council also approved a rezoning request that will allow some form of self-storage on 1.62 acres at 2020 Chapel Hill Road. The owner of this lot, which is presently zoned for office and institutional use, already operates a self-storage business on an adjacent parcel.

In the meantime, its members signed off on a request for high density residential zoning on a vacant, 1.4-acre swath of industrially-zoned property at the intersection of Gilmer and Graham streets.

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