Split council approves housing project
On a split vote here Monday night, Town Council gave the go-head Monday night for a multi-housing project to be constructed off Piney Ridge Road in Forest City.
Developers are planning to build Cottages at Piney Ridge, a multi-housing project for residents 55 years and older. There will be 32 one-bedroom units and 28 two-bedroom units.
Council members Dee Dee Bright and Chris Lee opposed the rezoning of the property. Members David Eaker, Shawn Moore and Steve Holland approved the request for rezoning.
"We don't feel like we need it," he said. "We have a quiet neighborhood."
The property is not inside the city limits, but is a part of the town's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, which gives the town authority over its city limits.
"The people of Piney Ridge Road are not interested in this. . . Piney Ridge is the back road to everywhere in the county."
"We know how bad the traffic is," Shehan said. She said if each of the 60 units has two cars and if they travel out of the complex just one time a day that could be 120 more days each day on the road. "(The) construction does not maintain the character of the neighborhood," Bailey said.
Lois Snyder spoke on behalf of the project and said, "there is a desperate need" for standard housing.
A similiar request for the site was denied in April 2012 when the plan was associated with the developer's request for access on US 74A. However, the plan changed the access off Piney Ridge Road.
Also Monday night, Council passed a resolution in support of National and North Carolina Surveyors Week. The Southwestern Piedmont Chapter of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors will hold a demonstration and hands-on workshop of surveying techniques in Forest City at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. Surveyors will be avilable to answer quesgtions about surveying property.
The work is estimated at $133,000 to be funded by the state and town.
Exceptions will also made made for vehicles that are needed for maintenance purposes where the vehicles are required to be inside the gate in order to make the necessary repair or upkeep of the facility. The policy appplies to vehicles parked inside the gate at all times, but especially during games.
• Council declared some fence, post and other items as surplus;
• Went into closed session to discuss personnel issues.