Land rezoned for business

New businesses may locate in Sherrills Ford in the near future after the county approved a rezoning request Monday night.

Catawba County Commissioners rezoned land along N.C. 150 in Sherrills Ford on Monday for commercial usage. The property owner’s early plans indicate the land may be developed for retail, financial or medical uses.

Commissioners agreed to rezone 1.84 acres of land belonging to J. Scott Gilleland, of Newton, at 5436 N.C. 150 East, from R-20 Residential to HC-CD Highway Commercial-Conditional District. The property can now be used for regional highway-oriented business, office service and civic uses, according to information from the county.

According to Gilleland's site plan, a future "Oliver's Crossing" development will feature room for retail, financial and medical businesses. Gilleland said he's received a lot of interest from all three industries and will move forward with details now that the rezoning is approved.

The development will progress in two phases and feature two buildings that have a combined ground floor area of about 10,500 square feet.

In the plan, a sidewalk is shown along the front of the property, and other pathways connect parking areas for building entrances. In the event a Greenway Public Transportation or Charlotte Area Transit System proposes a stop at the site, the development plan also incorporates a location for a bus shelter.

“We worked very hard on this and are very proud of this,” Gilleland said. “We’re happy with the plan.”

Catawba County Planner Chris Timberlake said any proposed changes to the property will have to be approved by commissioners.

In other business, county commissioners approved a resolution for a grant application for an N.C.

Tomorrow Community Development Block Grant. The grant will help develop a statewide economic development strategy.

Commissioners also approved goals for Fiscal Year 2012-13, which include:

n “Support a coordinated effort to create jobs and property tax base by investing in infrastructure, the development of the County’s quality of life, and educational opportunities. Participate with the private sector in determining a long-term vision.”

n “Prepare a fiscal year 2012-13 budget that provides needed county services within available revenues, including no property tax increase, ensuring that the county addresses its short term needs while planning for long term growth and maintaining the Board of Commissioners’ policy of two months of operating expenses.”