At tonight’s South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting, one of the main topics is the rezoning case Z-21-10 [PDF]. The rezoning is on the corner of Lake Wheeler Road and Kirkland Drive, and based on last month’s presentation, a vote in support could take place during the meeting. The petitioners want to put an Ample Storage facility on the site. This could be the type of development that kick starts the right kind of growth that the Lake Wheeler corridor has been missing for the last few years. There are no guarantees about what development will go on a rezoned property.
Would you vote in favor of rezoning Z-21-10?
- no (50%, 2 Votes)
- yes (50%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 4
The rezoning case is conditional use, meaning that certain restrictions are placed on the zoning (ie, use of the property). If the rezoning passes, those restrictions are effective for at least two years, which is the period before it could be rezoned again. The first round of conditions for this proposal were pretty basic and limited the case to no bars, night clubs, taverns, lounges, land fills, adult establishments, and caps the residential units at 14 units per acres. The second round of restrictions is more confining and will be presented at the meeting.
The land owners are eager to sell the property and Ample Storage is eager to broaden the facility they already have on Kirkland Drive. One of the exciting aspects about this type of facility are the additional businesses that a storage site of this size and convenience could attract.
Many small businesses that carry inventory require a place to store their goods. This location would offer a new location in Raleigh that is convenient to downtown and access to I-40.
The rezoning looks good on paper, but many CAC members are hesitant until they see facts in writing. Too many times, past rezonings have made promises that they couldn’t or didn’t want to keep. The intentions of this rezoning are good, but citizens will remind attendee’s that the SWCAC has been burned in the past.
The rezoning and potential development of this property could set the tone for future development along the Lake Wheeler Road corridor. Do we want something nice, trim, predictable, and respectable, or do we want to leave our future to faith and something that might be anti-productive to the character of our neighborhood?