Housing on Wilson City Council agenda

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Tonight’s Wilson City Council meeting is packed with items related to bolstering the local residential market.

There are multiple public hearings on the 7 p.m. agenda, including one pertaining to the construction of four townhome units on Forest Hills Road near Crescent Drive. The wooded lot is currently zoned for single-family homes, but the property owners are asking for it to be rezoned to allow housing for family members.

The request was controversial among residents living in the nearby subdivision with many speaking up against the rezoning during a March planning board meeting. On April 2, more than 20 neighbors met with the property owners and the engineer, eventually reaching an agreement about the development.

The agreement includes primarily brick construction, size limitations to the floor plans, landscaping on the property and screening of all potential tenants. The majority of the neighbors supported the rezoning with the agreed conditions in mind, but city staff reminded residents before the planning board approved the motion that the conditions are not enforceable by the city.

Another public hearing is scheduled related to the rezoning of almost 4.5 acres on the 4100 block of Beland Drive to allow for the construction of detached townhomes or single-family houses on the property that currently is undeveloped. Residents also are invited to speak up about the proposed voluntary annexation for Ravenswood Reserve Apartments, a 19-acre senior housing development planned on Ashbrook Drive.

Other items on the agenda include several ceremonial proclamations, the scheduling of a May 18 public hearing for annexation of 3006 Eliza Place, demolition orders for three crumbling homes and a $456,500 contract for a new substation power transformer.

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