INDIAN TRAIL – The Indian Trail Town Council unanimously approved rezoning Aug. 13 for almost seven acres on Faith Church Road to light industrial.
The parcel, originally zoned as a regional business district, is adjacent to the industrial park and across the street from some residential neighborhoods.
Faith Commercial Properties is developing the site. It will contain four light industrial buildings and include a 20-foot berm in front of the property as a buffer to the neighborhoods across the street.
The planning board signed off on the project with a unanimous vote.
The developer requested that the rear surface areas of the industrial buildings, including any potential loading docks, be gravel. But the board voted to require either asphalt or concrete be installed.
The town requires either concrete or asphalt to be constructed on surface areas on such sites. Town Manager Patrick Sadek said allowing an exemption would set a bad precedent.
Sadek told the board that gravel parking lots require constant maintenance while asphalt has a life of eight to 12 years and concrete has a life of 50 years.
“The UDO requires it,” Sadek said. “We feel that it needs to be one of those two (asphalt or concrete) and previous experience, we have seen horrible pictures and sites where you have gravel.’’
The town also unanimously voted to rezone 14 acres at 6111 Secrest Shortcut Road near Crooked Creek Park to general business. The town planning department made the request because the previous conditional zoning designation had expired.