On July 7 at 7pm City Council will hold a public hearing in City Council Chambers at 222 W. Hargett Street. On the agenda for that hearing is Z-27-14, the rezoning case for the citywide remapping of UDO zoning districts. Why is this important?
Two properties on Dunn Road totaling 4 acres (about 1/3 of what was previously up for rezoning) are proposed to be remapped as part of Z-27-14. The City Council will be considering to remap these properties to the SAME zoning district that was proposed for the rezoning that was denied last month on May 12.
Even though the two parcels’ total acreage is only 4 acres, we are well aware that the same size grocery store can be built that was proposed for the rezoning. Attached to this email is a picture of an Earth Fare grocery store that sits on exactly 4 acres in Morrisville. Other possibilities include a pharmacy, a gas station, a fast food restaurant. We oppose the remapping of these properties to the same zoning district that was just denied on May 12. We continue to support development that is consistent with the surrounding homes and residential area.
Those of us who were most active in stopping the rezoning have met with Councilors Russ Stephenson, Kay Crowder, John Odom, Bonner Gaylord, and Wayne Maiorano. Councilors Stephenson and Crowder support us. Councilor Gaylord might support us. Councilors Odom might support us but our concern is that he is leaning heavily to remapping. We do not know if Councilor Maiorano might support us or not but we feel that he is very much leaning towards remapping. For a variety of reasons we do not expect any support from Mary-Ann Baldwin. Regarding Mayor McFarlane and Councilor Weeks, we haven’t had an opportunity to meet with them yet.
For many weeks I have refrained from asking for your help again. I had hoped that our Councilors would all see the hypocrisy of voting for remapping to the same zoning district that was denied for rezoning just one month ago. Sadly, this has not happened.
Consequently, I am very reluctantly writing to ask, if you can, to please attend the City Council hearing on July 7. On May 12 we demonstrated our unity against rezoning. On July 7, let us repeat that demonstration.
I, of course, realize that July 7 is the height of the summer vacation season. My wife and I had vacation plans ourselves but were able to change our plans to later in the year. Nevertheless, I will fully understand if you cannot do the same.
It greatly saddens me that the majority of this City Council is failing to represent us, the citizens of Raleigh.
Please be sure to check our website at http://www.protectfalls.com. I have not yet updated the website with this announcement. But I will do so by the end of the day.
Here is the Earth Fare in Morrisville: