Chapel Hill OK's church expansion, commercial plans

Friday, April 6, 2007

Chapel Hill planning commissioners on Monday approved plans for the expansion of a church and a commercial development north of town, but deferred action on a project on Horton Highway at Patterson Cemetery Road.

Because expansion of Chapel Hill Church of Christ is to be less than 40 percent of the total square footage on the congregation's property, site plan approval was virtually a formality, although the concept plans were seen as meeting town standards.

Meanwhile, approval of preliminary site plans was granted for the commercial development presented by Ross Tate on behalf of himself and his partners, David Jent and Harold Daniels.

The businessmen propose to develop four commercial sites, each measuring 100 feet wide and 400 feet long with they shorter sides facing the east side of U.S. 31-A, just north of Unionville Highway.

They're to be so-called spec-lots, Tate said of the development prepared on the speculation that buyers are available.

Preliminary plat approval was granted, meaning there's a map showing where dividing lines are to be located and showing other aspects of the proposed development. A more detailed final plat is to be presented for so-called final plat approval when planning commissioners meeting in May, Tate said.

Extensive discussion was heard with regard to the deferred plan. Much of the concern surrounded traffic access points to the proposed development on 1.76 acres where stores and/or offices might be built. Planning commissioners meet again at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday in May.