By Matt Goad
The Durham Planning Commission rejected staff recommendations twice Tuesday evening, supporting zoning changes for a residential development on the southern edge of the city and one downtown.
The commission recommended approval of a 164-residence townhouse development, Trails at Southpoint, on the west side of N.C. 751, north of Stagecoach Road and south of Massey Chapel Road, on land currently zoned as Rural Residential. The developer intends to seek annexation for the new community.
The commission also supported a development of six single-family homes downtown, over staff objections that Commissioner Melvin Whitley called “alien.”
Staff members said they had hoped to see multifamily housing go in at the site, on the 700 and 800 blocks of North Street, in line with the Comprehensive Plan vision for downtown, but Whitley said he views single-family homes as strengthening the roots of the community there.
The final decision on both zoning changes rests with the City Council.