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Nash County denies rural rezoning request

In a split vote, Nash County Commissioners denied a request to rezone property in the Sandy Cross community from residential to agricultural.

The request was presented by William Brian Colbert and Kimberly Colbert, who own the property.

The property consists of three tracts of land totaling around 89.5 acres on the west side of S NC Highway 58 on Cabin Path Lane.

The request was to rezone the property from R-40 Single Family Residential to A-1 Agricultural.

The properties include dilapidated hog houses, a hog waste lagoon that is no longer in use, two wells, two existing residential septic/wastewater systems, a dilapidated home and some small storage buildings.

According to Nash County's Planning Department, the Colbert's request was so they could put single-wide manufactured homes on the property. Single-wide homes are not permitted in the R-40. However, double wide manufactured homes and stick-built homes are allowed.

A public hearing was held on the issue, with several neighbors speaking out against the request.

Neighbors said they were concerned about mobile homes being placed on the property but also expressed concern about shooting that is currently going on the property.

Lisa Batchelor said she had lived on Cabin Path Lane for 29 years. Batchelor said she didn't understand Colbert's intentions for the property. Batchelor also expressed concern about what a mobile home park would bring to the area.

Bonnie Batchelor said she was wondering how many homes Colbert could put on the property. She said the area already had a problem with four-wheelers trespassing on property.

Potentially the property could have up to eight homes. However, Colbert said his plans were initially to put two homes on the property.

Colbert said since there were already wells and septic systems for two homes, he had planned to just put two homes. However, he said he couldn't promise he wouldn't end up putting more.

Ernest Winstead said he had traffic concerns and also concerns over the shooting that goes on.

"There are a lot of people concerned about it," he said. "I think it's something that needs to be looked at more."

Colbert said the shooting that goes on is part of an agreement that was made with the previous owner of the property. Colbert said he had no problem with a gentleman continuing to use the property for shooting practice.

Commissioners Wayne Outlaw and Fred Belfield said they thought the requested zoning of A-1 was too broad.

"There's too much uncertainty," Belfield said.

In the end, a motion was made to approve the request but that motion failed 3-4.

Commissioners then voted to deny the request 4-3. Commissioners Outlaw, Belfield, Mary Alice Wells and Dan Cone voted for denial of the request while Chair Robbie Davis and Commissioners Lisa Barnes and Lou Richardson voted against denial.

Colbert said earlier in the meeting if the request was denied, he would more than likely move forward and put doublewides on the property, which was allowed under the current R-40 zoning.

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