Development planned for Raleigh Road Parkway

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A property with a contentious history has gotten the initial go-ahead to add commercial development between the Belle Meade subdivision and Buffalo Wild Wings on Raleigh Road Parkway.

“This property has been undeveloped, but I think this is the fourth time we’ve come before you with a rezoning request for it,” land development manager Janet Holland said during Tuesday night’s Wilson Planning and Design Review Board meeting.

Board members considered rezoning 2900 and 2920 Raleigh Road Parkway W. from neighborhood commercial to general commercial at the request of Herring-Sutton and Associates. Ron Sutton said his firm met with neighbors in July and tweaked the plans a bit to accommodate the concerns, noting a 40-year deed restriction against restaurants will be added to the lot nearest the Belle Meade neighborhood.

“On the smaller lot closer to Buffalo Wild Wings, we don’t know if a restaurant will go there, but there are no plans right now to put on there,” Sutton said. “This allows one to go there if it works out, but it has to be screened from Belle Meade.”

According to the plans submitted to the city and the recommendation from staff, the developer plans to build a 15,000-square-foot building nearer to the shopping center with the lot adjacent to the neighborhood remaining largely undeveloped.

“A developer has reviewed the rezoning requests from the past and worked with the neighbors to come up with the best plan for this particular piece of property,” Holland said.

The planning board approved the rezoning request, which now will be considered by the Wilson City Council at its 7 p.m. meeting on Aug. 16.

The board also considered a plan from Summit Place Apartments to rezoning 44.22 acres near the current buildings to expand the complex with another 96 apartments. Holland said the complex already has 96 apartments in 12 buildings, but rezoning the adjacent land would allow the developer to mitigate problems posed by the floodplain and build up to 24 units per acre.

“They would be allowed to develop the property, but the construction team and architects would have to work with us to be compliant with the rules and regulations for the floodplain,” Holland said.

Without much discussion, the board approved the rezoning request along with some amendments to the ordinances regulating sweepstakes centers.

“Apparently we had some clients within Wilson that were confused about internet sweepstakes versus regular sweepstakes, so in working with the city attorney’s office, we came up with this language and hopefully improve what we have on the books,” Holland said.

The Summit Place development and the sweepstakes ordinance amendments also will be considered during the city council’s Aug. 16 meeting.