Commissioners Approve Rezoning Cases


Johnston County Commissioners approved several rezoning cases during their February meeting.  

Mideast Materials LLC of Dunn won approval to rezone 134 acres out of a 584 acre tract in the Boon Hill Township to Industrial 2-Special Use District.  The property, at the dead end of Buckleberry Road, is owned by Buckleberry Farm, LLC of Princeton.

Williams Solar LLC of Charlotte was granted permission to construct a solar farm on a 59 acre tract of land at 8098 Harper House Road, Newton Grove in the Meadow Township.  The property is owned by Carolyn Williams and Joyce Burchette. The 5 megawatt solar farm will occupy approximately 25 acres on the parcel. It will connect into Duke Energy’s Newton Grove substation.  

The board approved 5-to-1 a request by Timothy Eldridge to rezone an 11.8 acre tract in the 3000 block of Federal Road in the Elevation Township from Industrial-1 to Industrial-2.  Eldridge said they wish to operate a portable concrete plant at the location.   The property is owned by W.E. Blackmon of Smithfield.  Commissioner Butch Lawter voted against the request. Commission Fred Smith abstained from voting.  

Wilbur Stuart Allen of Benson received unanimous approval to operate an open air market with seasonal and nursery items at 7041 NC 50 South, Benson in the Meadow Township. The property is owned by Randy Parker.  The Planning Board had previously voted to recommend approval of the request.

Linwood E. Sanders received unanimous approval to rezoning property he owns at 5644 Zacks Mill Road, Angier from Agricultural-Residential to General Business-Special Use District.  Sanders has been in business for 20 years and has rollbacks and tow trucks that are parked on the property.  The county received a complaint about commercial vehicles parking on the property prompting the rezoning request.  Commissioners limited commercial parking to 5 vehicles and prohibiting any advertising signage.

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