Council approves rezoning

Published 4:00 am Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Troy City Council on Tuesday approved the rezoning of nearly 350 acres of land in conjunction with the new retail and connector road developments.

The Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the request in April.

The land is owned by Frank Thomas, Malcom K. Fearing, III, Carlina Girls LLC and William E Ware along with Harbert Realty Services.

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The commission unanimously passed the rezoning, minus a small parcel, which received much public dissent during the commission’s public hearing. Residents of Enzor Road were concerned about the impact of rezoning from a low-density residential zoning to a higher-density zoning be passed.

The rezoning allows for the construction of the two connector roads adjoining Oak Park Subdivision and Enzor Road with Franklin Drive and George Wallace Drive, and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said the road project would not occur without the rezoning of the land and was thankful for the cooperation received while ironing out the details on Parcel D.

“I am appreciative of Carlina Girls or the daughters of Malcom Fearing, and I appreciate them being willing to forego, at the request of the public, Parcel D,” Reeves said.Of the land rezoned, 176.25 acres was rezoned to a C2 General Commercial zoning district, 45.44 acres to a M1 Light Industrial zoning district, 4.07 acres to a CO Commercial Office zoning, 26.26 acres to a C4 Highway Commercial zoning and 61.51 acres to a R3 High Density Residential zoning.

Since the properties have been rezoned, Reeves said it is the landowner’s intent to donate the rights of way to those parcels to the City of Troy so the city can construct the connector roads.

“By going ahead and rezoning the property it gives them the tax advantage of donating the property, which is why they asked for the rezoning,” Reeves said. “They receive much greater tax advantage by donating the property by being rezoned. They say that they are going to donate all of the rights-of-way, 100 feet around both sides of the road.”In other items of business, the council reappointed Larry Gerald to the Airport Committee and appointed Rhonda Pollard to the Troy City School Board of Education.

Gerald has served one term on the Airport Committee. Pollard took the place of Jason Thomas who had served one full term on the Troy City School Board of Education.