Council Rezones 66 Acres Of Land In West Smithfield

In a unanimous vote, the Smithfield Town Council has rezoned five tracts of land totaling about 66 acres in West Smithfield.   The rezoning was requested by the Smithfield Planning Department.

In 1997, the Town Council approved the annexation and the rezoning of several tracts of land on Barbour Road for a mobile home park. The planned mobile home park was approved but was never constructed by the developer.  The Special Use Permit for the mobile home park expired year ago, however the zoning map was never updated to reflect the expiration, according to Planning Director Stephen Wensman.

During their February 4th meeting, the Council agreed to rezone the parcels from manufactured home to R-10/Single Family Home designation.  Wensman said the property is currently pasture and farmland.  He said the rezoning is consistent with the Town of Smithfield’s Growth Management Plan and was in the public interest.

No one spoke against the rezoning petition during a Public Hearing.