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Self-Storage Zoning Request Denied in Greenville, NC


A rezoning request for a new self-storage development in Greenville, N.C., was unanimously rejected on June 20 by the Pitt County Board of Commissioners during a public hearing. The county board and planning-department staff opposed the project, proposed for a 5.3-acre lot on Eastern Pines Road, because it didn't meet the criteria for a business in a residential setting, according to the source. The property is near the Brandy Creek and Brittney Ridge subdivisions.

"It's a relatively large-scale, more intensive type of development being proposed," James Rhodes, planning director, said during the meeting.

Four residents also spoke against the project, which would comprise about 60,000 square feet of storage space. Resident Pamela Johnson told board members the community already has seven self-storage facilities within a three-mile radius. "We have a glut of mini-storage available in our neighborhood," she said. Others voiced concerns about possible drainage issues for the site and that the storage facility would cause a decrease in home values in the area.

Mike Baldwin of Baldwin Design Consultants, which represented property owner Linda P. Stokes during the meeting, told the board the storage facility would have little impact on the area because of its minimal traffic during morning and evening commute times. Stokes lives opposite of the proposed site, according to the source. Her husband was also involved in the development of the area subdivision, Baldwin added.

The community currently has two commercial-zoned properties: a now-defunct child-care center and an automotive shop, the source reported. The land can’t be used for residential development due to the cement pads that would prevent septic-tank construction, Baldwin said.

The commissioners didn’t ask any questions about the proposed development prior to the vote.


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