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Planners recommend denial for 751 rezoning

Southern Durham Development's plan for a subdivision the size of a small town on N.C. 751 is getting a green rebuff from the City/County Planning Department.

Because part of the site lies in the Stagecoach Road Bottomlands, an area listed in the Durham County Inventory of Important Natural Areas, Plants and Wildlife, planning staff is recommending against a rezoning that Southern Durham needs to move ahead.

The recommendation is made in the staff report prepared for next Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting, when the rezoning is to be heard. The Planning Commission is a citizens' advisory group on land-use and zoning matters.

Southern Durham's project, which calls for up to 1,300 residential units along with offices, stores and a school, was the object of contention in 2009 over the site's proximity to a highly protected area near Jordan Lake.

'Greatest show in town' sends Jordan boundary to hearings

When all was said and done — for the time being — Bull's Eye overheard Durham County commissioner Ellen Reckhow comment, "It's the greatest show in town."

Commissioner Brenda Howerton had a different conclusion.

"It's a mess," she said.

Both were right. And show and mess will probably go on for some time to come.

They were talking about the Jordan Lake watershed boundary, which came before the commissioners and a standing-room crowd Monday night.

Howerton cast the deciding vote to subject the Jordan Lake watershed boundary to a rezoning process that includes at least two public hearings.

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