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Harrisburg planning board opposes subdivision rezoning

The Harrisburg Planning Board voted 4-2 Tuesday to recommend that the town council deny a developer’s rezoning request to construct 181 single-family homes on the east side of Morehead Road.

Development Solutions Group wants to build the homes on 111 vacant acres slightly north of Rocky River Crossing Drive.

Board members cited concerns about the project’s proposed density, the impact the development would have on traffic congestion, and the location’s proximity to a landfill.

The developer is seeking a rezoning to conditional residential village to allow for increased density at the site. Under Development Solutions Group’s proposal, the project would have a maximum density of 1.63 units per acre.

The site’s current zoning, rural estate residential district, permits only one unit per acre.

The planning staff recommended approval of the petition, saying the rezoning was compatible with existing densities in the surrounding subdivisions of Rocky River Crossing to the east and The Sloop Estates to the south.

However, the staff recommended that the town place conditions on the project, such as the developer being responsible for roadway improvements. In addition, Development Solutions Group would have to agree to restrict cladding materials to masonry products instead of vinyl siding.

The Harrisburg Town Council is scheduled to vote on the rezoning petition at its June 13 meeting.

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