Smithfield
Town Council

    report from Sept. 7 session

Council members present: Mayor Andy Moore, David Barbour, John Dunn, Marlon Lee, Steve Rabil, Travis Scott, David Stevens, Roger Wood


SUBDIVISION PLAN REVISED WITH 669 DWELLINGS

The council unanimously approved conditional rezoning for Carolina Land Group's revised plan for Floyd Landing, the name of the subdivision that now includes lots for 89 single-family dwellings (down from 118), 220 townhouses, and 360 apartments on almost 200 acres.

During last month's lengthy public hearing and discussion about the project, council members requested slightly larger lot sizes and streets and especially more room for parking motor vehicles than what was initially proposed.

Developer Mark Ashness and Planning Director Stephen Wensman presented a plan at Tuesday's meeting that satisfied those concerns. The revised plan adds architectural standards and landscaping requirements that include more robust buffers between the subdivision and the highway as well as adjacent properties.

"You've done a great job with this," Councilman David Barbour, who represents the West Smithfield District, told Mr. Ashness.


WEST SMITHFIELD INDUSTRIAL PARK ANNEXED

The council approved annexation to the town of the 170-acre site of the Amazon distribution center under construction along with another 23 acres next door that the Samet Corporation plans to develop. Both Amazon and Samet had requested annexation of what is being marketed as West Smithfield Industrial Park.



69 ACRES NEAR AIRPORT REZONED FOR INDUSTRY


Hearing no opposition from the public, the council granted Kimberly Gower Johnson's request for rezoning of almost 70 acres on both sides of US 70 Business West from business and residential zones to Light Industrial.

Chris Johnson, related to the petitioner by marriage, said the family does not have "an active project" in sight for the land (Mr. Johnson is the county's director of economic development).

Planning Director Wensman noted that nearby Johnston Regional Airport has long-range plans for industrial development immediately adjacent to the Gower tract.


143-UNIT SUBDIVISION PROPOSED BESIDE NC 210

The council conducted a public hearing on a request from StrongRock Engineering of Raleigh to grant conditional rezoning of 31.56 acres on the north side of NC. 210 west of Skyland Drive for a proposed residential subdivision that would include 49 single-family houses and 94 townhouses.

Even though no one spoke in opposition to the proposal, the council deferred approval until its October meeting to give the developer and town staff time to make revisions to meet the council's concerns about sufficient parking in particular.

Conditional zoning, a new tool for municipal governments, requires developers and public officials to agree on specifics of a requested project before approval is given by the governing body.


CEDAR DRIVE TO GET NEW PIPING TO CUT FLOODING

The council approved a $131,072 contract with low-bidder James Paul Edwards, Inc. to replace a flood-prone drainage system along Cedar Drive in the Pine Acres Subdivision with larger pipes that are 36 inches in diameter. The council was told that construction would take 2-3 weeks but that the street will remain open while the work is being done.


A NEW TRACTOR AND MOWER FOR PUBLIC WORKS

The council approved purchasing a tractor and mower
for the Public Works Department from John Deere of Smithfield, which submitted the low bid at $127,832 – an amount less than $132,000 budgeted to replace equipment that has been in service for 20 years.


CONSTITUTION WEEK TO BE OBSERVED SEPT. 17-23

The council adopted a resolution requested by the Smith-Bryan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution proclaiming September 17-23 as Constitution Week in Smithfield. This September 17 marks the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the United States Constitution.

 


THREE EVENTS APPROVED FOR PUBLIC PLACES

The council approved permits for three special events:
• Compass Community Church's Fall Festival 4-7 p.m. Saturday, September 25 at Community Park.

• Family Days Fall Fest Super Carnival by Inners Shows at 1025 Outlet Center Drive September 30 through October 10.
• Revival services by Morning Dew Ministries 3-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 1-2 at the Neuse River Amphitheater.



"FLY IN" SCHEDULED OCT. 2 AT NEW DRONE PARK

Councilman Barbour announced that a "fly in" is being planned for Saturday, October 2 at the town's new drone park. The facility is nearing completion on a fenced site at Gertrude Johnson Park off US 70 Business in West Smithfield.


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