(SALEM) - Residents upset over a request to rezone property in their neighborhood complained during the Salem Plan Commission meeting last week.
Marcia Walker of the Salem Leader Democrat reports that John Jones, owner of property at 1687 Old State Road 60, wants to re-zone the property from residential use to business use. The commission held a public hearing to allow comments about the request.
Attorney David Allen, representing Jones, said the location was a great piece of development property, on State Road 60 and close to the bypass. He explained that three acres at the location is already zoned for business, when there were plans for a greenhouse project there. The request is to re- zone an additional 19.
Allen told the board that there are no plans for the property at this time, but if a developer becomes interested in the property, his client wants to be able to move quickly.
But residents are concerned over what might be developed there.
Vicky Gilstrap is opposed to the zoning change saying she didn't move to the country to have a business developed in ther backyard.
She added that there was no sewer service in the area and that residents have experienced problems with water pressure.
Don Gilbert ad Rick Gregory, other neighbors, also opposed the re-zoning saying a factor or car lot would impact their property values.
But the plan commission told residents before any of the property could be developed the developer would have to seek the approval from the commission and that currently the property was just being rezoned.
The board unanimously the re-zoning. The request will now be sent to the Salem City Council for their approval.
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