The Porter Plan
Commission opted to make a favorable recommendation to the Town Council
concerning a rezone at its meeting last night.
Carl Cox petitioned
for a rezone of 1700 Old Porter Road from single-family residential to light
industrial. Building Commissioner Michael Barry reported that this rezone
would correct an error and return the property to its original zoning
classification. “The property was built in 1976 and zoned I1 at that point.
When Porter Cove was built, that area was blanket zoned to R1,” he said.
Barry also reports that the use of the property has never changed, with
industrial-type businesses having been on the property since 1976.
Cox said he sought
the rezone at Barry’s suggestion because he is in poor health and plans to
sell the property. Town Planner Jim Mandon said, as is, there are “severe
limitations” on the property and its sale if it remains R1. Mandon said,
“I’m in favor of the rezoning because I also believe that this area was
overlooked and should have retained its former zoning.”
Mandon did note
that the Town may want to consider turning the property back into a
residential site at some point, but that would involve a change to the
Town’s master plan, not just a rezone.
voted to recommend approval of the rezone. The Town Council will have the