FAYETTEVILLE — Planning Commissioners voiced displeasure over, but approved, a plan for homes and one lot with commercial use facing Huntsville Road west of Crossover Road.
The commission voted 7-0 Monday to approve the plan for 11 single-family lots on the north side of Huntsville Road. One additional lot abutting the street will feature some type of commercial use. A road would split up the middle of the nearly 2-acre site.
Commissioners in May approved rezoning the land, and the City Council subsequently approved, to a community services zone. The city’s community services zone allows single-family up to four-unit dwellings, as well as multifamily and accessory dwellings and cluster housing. Commercial uses include eating places, neighborhood shopping, gas stations or drive-through restaurants, offices and home occupations.
Several commissioners expressed disappointment at a lack of variety of housing types presented in the plan. Commissioner Matt Hoffman described the request as a reason why single-family homes should be a conditional, rather than included, use under the community services zone.
“Basically every commissioner expressed the fact that we didn’t really want to see single-family houses here,” he said.
Much discussion centered around a second lot facing Huntsville Road planned to be used for a retention pond. Chris Bakunas with McClelland Engineers said the lot serves as the lowest location on the site, and water flows downhill.
“Shifting it up would cause a challenge,” he said. “I understand the concerns to have more commercial along the street there.”
Commissioners said they wished another commercial use, rather than a retention pond would face Huntsville Road. Commissioner Kris Paxton pointed out it’s the largest lot on the property.
“It’s not going to be used and 25 years from now it’ll probably be a big eyesore,” he said.
In other business, commissioners forwarded rezoning just more than