Mocksville OKs annexation, zoning for higher-density housing

Published 10:26 am Thursday, August 18, 2022

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

Mocksville Town Board members last month unanimously approved a 31-acre annexation and rezoning that could bring 70 or more new housing units to John Crotts Road.

The town’s planning board had recommended on a 4-1 vote that the proposal be denied.

The zoning went from the county’s  residential-agricultural classification, to the town’s neighborhood residential, which allows for a higher density of development along with multi-family units.

Adam Barr, Davie Developmental Services planner, said the planning board lacked information, which may have led to their decision.

Chad Bomar, attorney speaking on behalf of the developers, said that 72-84 units in 24 buildings are planned with three-story buildings. The main reason to seek annexation is for the town’s sewer system, those outside the city limits pay double the rate. He said the town’s infrastructure and the school system can handle the growth. The homes, he said, would sell for approximately $300,000 each, adding $21 million to the town’s tax base.

Barr explained the neighborhood residential zoning: “A range of housing types is encouraged and it si envisioned that low-intensity business activity will accompany residential development ane will be located in mixed-use buildings designed and constructed at a residential scale. The Town of Mocksville comprehensive πlan is to provide  awider range of housing options and price ranges to help our older generation age in place to to retain and attract younger generations.”

Area residents spoke against the request.

Russel Lyday said the use is not consistent with the neighborhood, and the density “far exceeds” anything in the area.

Jason Shore said he would rather see another industry on the property than 70 houses that will bring an estimated 280 people.

“I would rather have a business on that property instead of 70 houses that will bring more people,” said Matthew Crotts. “I have a goat farm and do not want to be annexed into the city.”

Town Manager Ken Gamble told board members that from a staff perspective, the neighborhood residential zoning “makes sense.”