Winston-Salem Council Denies Rezoning Request for Affordable Development

May 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm 1 comment

At its May 2 meeting the Winston-Salem City Council voted 5-2 to deny a rezoning request for a 54-unit apartment development in the city’s northwest ward. From the Winston-Salem Journal:

Siding with neighbors who came out in opposition, the Winston-Salem City Council on Monday rejected a developer’s plan to put a low-income, two-story 54-unit apartment building at the entrance to the Town and Country neighborhood at the corner of Briarcliffe and Reynolda roads…

Developer Bill Scantland described the apartment building as one that would serve people who are 55 years old or older, who make between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income of $58,500. Scantland said the building would look just like one built for market-rate tenants.

Opponents said the apartment building would be too tall for the neighborhood, especially since the corner lot drops off about 20 feet in elevation from Reynolda Road to Briarcliffe…

When the proposed rezoning went to the City-County Planning Board on April 14, it had no opposition and sailed through on a unanimous vote — although it was noted that emails were coming in from people who said that they didn’t know about the case and hadn’t had enough time to think about it.

One problem, it turns out, is that the neighborhood meeting to discuss the plan with Town and Country residents was held on April 13, only one day before the planning vote…

The developer’s financing imposed a time frame that didn’t allow for postponing the decision, MacIntosh said.

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