County Approves Rezoning

Johnston County Commissioners have approved a request to allow the owner of a dump truck business to locate an office, storage and maintenance facility for up to 5 commercial dump trucks in a residential area in the Corinth Holders community.

Jermaine McKoy of Smithfield petitioned the county to rezone a half-acre tract of land out of 18.26 acres he owns at 186 Strickland Hinton Road from agricultural-residential to general business.

The Planning Board had recommended the rezoning be approved, however the Johnston County Planning Department staff had recommended denial of the rezoning.

McKoy was given permission to build a 60×40 foot utility building to accommodate a maximum of 5 work trucks.  The building will be located on the back of the property and screened by existing pine trees.

McKoy said he would perform minor repairs on the trucks on the property.  The driveway will be gravel and the county will not require McKoy to pave the drive.  The hours of operation will be from 5am until 9pm Monday through Sunday.

Planning Director Barry Gray said the staff recommended denial of the permit because there were no other commercial businesses in the immediate area and that it would be inconsistent with land use plans.

However, commissioners voted unanimously to approve the request following a March 6th public hearing. No one spoke in opposition of the request.