King City Council voted unanimously on Monday evening to deny a May 7 public hearing request to rezone 7.99 acres for the purpose of placing 64 apartment units on a tract of land off Newsome Road.
BTR Communities Group, LLC, the same company that built the apartments on South Main Street in King, represented by Bill Scantfield, requested council set up a public hearing to rezone the property to allow four buildings with 16 units per building, a clubhouse, office, storage and a playground.
King Planning Director, Todd Cox, explained Scantfield’s group would utilize tax credit monies from the state and federal government to build the apartments and have a fixed lease price for each unit based on the level of income of the applicant.
BTR Communities Group hoped to set the hearing for May 7, which would have allowed the city’s planning board to review the request on April 23 and give the developer time to request funding from the state before a looming deadline.
If rezoned and developed, the budgetary impact would add additional utility fees, building fees and a tax base.
Cox said there were several apartment uses along Newsome Road and this would be adjacent to vacant business property and a mobile home park.
“We have a couple issues on this site as far as rezoning. One, our adopted comprehensive plan doesn’t support multi-family and two, our economic development committee has included this tract in our search for industrial / commercial sites to invest in,” Cox said on Monday. “Both of these can be dealt with if council wants to proceed with the rezoning process.”
Before voting to deny a public hearing request for the apartment units, Councilmen Wesley Carter and Rick McCraw voiced concern and believed the property would best be utilized in a commercial application.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.