Mount Gilead Commissioners last night approved the rezoning of several properties along and near N. School St. and over to the intersection of N.C. Highways 109 and 731.
The request to rezone the tracts came from the Planning and Zoning Board and included business properties near the middle of town. Planning Board Chair James Shuman said the action is the last piece of a major reworking of the town’s overall land use plan and included changing the parcels from “Central Business” to “General Business”.
“The entire board took each parcel of land and studied that for a couple of months,” said Shuman, “and decided that it would better serve the town and the property owners … to change (the zoning) from Central Business to General Business, which is less restrictive on the property owners.”
Shuman said no properties currently zoned for residental use were being changed to business as part of this action.
In a public hearing, there appeared to be some confusion among the audience, partly because the discussion was being held without benefit of a map on display or without a reading of a full list of the properties involved.
As part of the summary action, one piece of property – part of the lot where the fitness center sits at the corner of W. Allenton St. and Wadesboro Blvd. – was changed from business to residential, and it was noted that the current use would continue to be allowed.