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Planning board recommends extension of commercial zoning on Alamance Rd. south of interstate


Burlington’s planning and zoning commission has endorsed a rezoning request that would extend commercial use deeper into the traditionally residential portion of Alamance Road.

During its latest monthly meeting on Monday, the planning commission unanimously recommended the approval of general business use for a residential lot at 2813 Alamance Road that occupies a point south of the interstate where commercial zoning gives way to vestiges of residential development.

This 1.75-acre parcel, which is situated at the southwest corner of Alamance Road’s intersection with Bonnie Lane, is presently zoned for medium density residential development – as solidified by the presence of a solitary single-family dwelling. Burlington’s land use plan nevertheless envisions the property as the potential site for future commercial development – a point that hasn’t eluded the lot’s owner, Maria Sibrian.

“We just recently bought this property,” Sibrian explained to the planning commission on Monday, “and I would like to see if we can convert it to in be conformity with [the city’s recommendation for] the future use which is commercial.”

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Sibrian added that her rezoning request hasn’t posed any problems for the only neighboring homeowner whom she has personally met since she acquired the property. Nor has the proposal prompted any inquires to Burlington’s planning department, as Mike Nunn, the city’s planning and transportation director, conceded before Monday’s vote.

In the end, Sibrian’s rezoning request seemed almost inevitable to the members of Burlington’s planning commission.

“It is my impression that general business is moving in that direction,” member Lee Roane said, as he gave voice to this sentiment ahead of the group’s 6-to-0 vote to recommend to request to the city council.


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