Thursday, March 23, 2023

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Rezoning for townhouses OK’d by Gibsonville aldermen

Gibsonville’s board of aldermen this week gave the go-ahead for an estimated 69 townhomes near the intersection of Highways 61 and 70, adding to another 121 townhomes planned by the developer for an adjacent lot.

The public hearing for the property’s partial rezoning from agricultural to high-density residential saw no speakers other than Eastwood Homes’ attorney, Ryan Moffitt, who simply offered himself and developer Jeff Palmer to answer any questions about the upcoming development. Still, none on the board presented either with questions or concerns, ultimately following the planning board’s recent recommendation to approve Palmer’s request.

The rezoning is partial in that the southern, 17-acre portion of the lot, which is divided by a creek, was not requested to be rezoned, while the remaining 20 acres was brought before the board of aldermen.

Though an exact plan for the number of townhomes hasn’t been presented, planning director Brandon Parker told The Alamance News Tuesday that the 69 homes is the estimate given by the developer.

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The upcoming development is a planned expansion of townhomes that Palmer already has planned for an adjoining property along Highway 61, Parker added. That lot, located at 531 S. NC Highway 61, has been rezoned for multi-family use for about 15 years. Planned for that 22.6-acre lot are 121 townhomes, which will connect to Highway 61 and to the lot rezoned this week.

The layout for the 121 townhouses is shown below, based on a submission to the town’s planning department.

Coupled with the rezoning from this week, Eastwood Homes now has authorization to build  up to 180 townhouses on the Guilford County side of Gibsonville along NC Highway 61 near U.S. 70.

Mayor pro tem Mark Shepherd led the decision to rezone the property Monday, receiving a second to his motion from alderman Yvonne Maizland and unanimous agreement from his fellow board members.

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