SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: Rezoning issue draws concerns

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Several area residents and land owners spoke against the rezoning of a property located at the intersection of Stone and Dalrymple streets during a city public hearing Tuesday.

Five people cited concerns for increased traffic and a lack of adequate parking at the intersection during the Sanford City Council's public hearing Tuesday, prompting the Planning Board to table the rezoning application — instead of making a recommendation to the Council — until a neighborhood meeting could be held. 

Sixto Alvarez Mendoza originally requested his acre of land to be rezoned from residential-mixed to general commercial, but later amended his request and asked the property be rezoned to neighborhood commercial, said Sanford Land Use Planner Amy McNeill Tuesday night. The neighborhood commercial zoning district is more restrictive than general commercial, but still allows for retail and general shops.  

Mendoza's daughter, Eunice Alvarez, spoke in favor of the project and said they want to possibly open a retail or shoe shop to help the community.

"He is trying to make a business that might help the community," she said. "And help people in the area."

One man who said he lives next to the property in question said he is concerned with the possible increase of traffic while another man asked what positives the rezoning would have on the community.

One woman who lives in Fayetteville, but grew up in the area and owns her childhood home, said a business at her back door would not be feasible.

"It is not going to work," she said. "I just can't see it. You are going to have bad traffic."

A date for the neighborhood meeting was not set but McNeill said the application would return to the planning board for its recommendations after the community meeting. Then Sanford City Council would make its decision.

In other matters, council:

* Honored Lantie Denny Kitts, of the 300 block of Summit Drive, for his work on several city boards in the form of a proclamation. According to the resolution, "because the community service of Mr. Kitts has been marked with unselfish commitment to serve the greater good, he is worthy of this community's gratitude." Kitts' wife, Thelma, was present to accept the proclamation.

* Rezoned 2.16 acres at the 2203 block of Woodland Avenue from residential-mixed to Woodland Storage Conditional Zoning District. The property will be used as a mini-warehouse business.

* Tabled applications from two residents — Christy M. Crouch and Philip M. Quinones — to join the vacant seat on the Historic Preservation Commission. Council wanted to learn more about the two applicants before making a decision, said City Manager Hal Hegwer.