Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DISCUSSION of rezoning of sale-barn property next to Fayetteville National Cemetery tabled until August 18 rather than Aug. 4 as developers' requested

Please click on image to ENLARGE 2009 aerial view of Fayetteville National Cemetery, the sale-barn on its eastern edge and wetland areas to the north and west toward South Hill Avenue.

By Skip Descant
FAYETTEVILLE — Rezoning the 9-acre Washington County Livestock and Sale Barn was left on the third reading Tuesday night. The council tabled the measure for four weeks, at the request of the developers. Campus Crest, a student housing developer wants to build apartments on the site. The move is opposed by a number of surrounding neighbors and veterans groups representing the nearby Fayetteville National Cemetery.
At the last city council meeting, Dan Normand, a representative for Campus Crest, said the company is willing to issue assurances that it will keep its word on certain developmental amenities such as a 25-foot vegetative buffer.
The developers are asking the property be rezoned from light industrial to downtown general. Bills of assurance attached to rezoning tend to better spell out what sort of development can happen, say planners. For example, the developer may make assurances regarding general development concepts such as density or building height, said Kit Williams, city attorney.
Alderman Update
Ward 2 Alderman Matthew Petty was not at Tuesday's meeting as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered while on Center Street in Fayetteville on Monday. He was on his way to Giraldi's restaurant.
No vehicles were involved.
He says surgery will not be needed.
Source: Staff Report

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