Public hearing set to rezone 80 more White Oak acresPublished 5:45pm Monday, January 13, 2014
Polk County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Feb. 3 at 7:15 p.m. to hear public comments regarding the rezoning of an additional 79.78 acres of White Oak Development.
The board is considering rezoning the property to Equestrian (E) to match the rest of the development, as well as approving a text amendment to the E district that will expand the uses allowed in the district as well as redefine residential vacation (tourist home) rentals to include time-shares and amend the minimum size for parking spaces in all the county’s districts.
The proposed amendment is to change the minimum size for a parking space from 200 square feet to 162 square feet in all the county’s zoning districts.
The current zoning of the 79.78 acres, which is contiguous to the rest of the development and was recently acquired is currently Multiple Use (MU).
The text amendment is to add seven uses to the E district, including some that are proposed to be outright permitted (P) and some that will be permitted only by conditional use (C).
The proposed uses to be added to the permitted use table are automobile, truck and farm implement sales and service (P); duplex (P); laundry and dry cleaning services (P); radio and TV stations and studios (C); service stations (P); storage and warehouse (C) and veterinarian clinics (C).
Tryon Equestrian Properties LLC and Tryon Equestrian Properties No. 2 LLC made the requests for the rezoning and text amendments with the Polk County Planning Board unanimously recommending approval.
The almost 80 acres will be in addition to the approximate 1,000 acres, located off Pea Ridge Road in the Green Creek Township. White Oak is planned to include a maximum of 800 dwelling units including single-family residential and clustered multi-family condo/townhouses.
The development also plans to include a hotel, a lighted stadium with seating for 6,000, a heliport, winery/vineyard and a 100-unit retirement/independent living and assisted living facility.
Polk County approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance on April 22, 2013 establishing the new Equestrian zoning district for the development and has also approved a development agreement with White Oak.