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.