by Madison White Franks
IRVINGTON—Following a public hearing last Thursday, the Irvington Town Council approved three rezoning requests from King Carter Holdings LLC.
The Irvington planning commission recommended a zoning change from limited business to business at 4314 Irvington Road. The commission also recommended council deny the rezoning of two adjacent parcels on Chesapeake Drive from residential to business.
The commission denied the request because there was no description of a site plan and there are insufficient details to review, said council member Bonnie Schaschek (see related story).
Council member Wayne Nunnally moved to approve the zoning change at 4314 Irvington Road and council member Mike Bombay seconded the motion. It passed unanimously, 6-0, with support from council members Jerry Latell, Fran Westbrook, Kathleen Pollard, Schaschek, Nunnally and Bombay.
The small parcels are each about 35 feet wide and 300 feet long, said zoning administrator Roy Kime.
“Some folks were concerned that this was extending the business district into an area that is more residential in nature,” he said. “It’s land that abuts North Town Commons.”
Latell moved to rezone the two adjacent parcels from residential to business and Westbrook seconded. The motion passed, 5-1, with support from Pollard, Nunnally, Bombay, Latell and Westbrook. Schaschek did not support the rezoning because of an incomplete application.
These applications have been in the works for quite some time, said Will Hubbard of Terry, Hubbard & Britt.
“We are asking council to consider rezoning these parcels all contiguous, all adjacent to current business use properties to make a more coherent and cohesive district for business development. That is what my client is looking for, a clear understanding of options available so they can develop their plan of development moving forward,” said Hubbard.
“We do understand the reason why there are questions because most of us think in terms of you buy something and you use it for something,” said Julian Patterson of King Carter Holdings LLC. “We are trying to come up with a plan that we can fund that would contribute to the welfare of the town.”
“We are not going to take the pieces of property that are so near to our hearts and dear to memories and historical here and put in a strip mall, that’s not what we are about,” he said.
A lot of planning really does hinge on The Tides Inn development, he added.
There is speculation that The Tide’s Inn may be planning to update its facilities in phases, town clerk Sharon Phillips later confirmed.