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Public hearing for 751 rezoning still at issue; commissioners to hold closed session on matter tonight

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Map of location for proposed development, 751 South
  • Map of location for proposed development, 751 South

Last week, it appeared that a public hearing for June 1 on the controversial 751 South development would be postponed until the Board of Adjustment heard an appeal in the matter. (This came from Planning Director Steve Medlin.)

This might not be the case.

Durham's Board of County Commissioners will discuss the issue in a closed session tonight, and could decide to hold the public hearing on June 1, despite an appeal on the matter, said Durham County Commissioner Michael Page, chairman of the board.

"The board scheduled this public hearing, so we decide whether we want to hold it," Page said Monday. To make that decision, commissioners have to explore the weight of an appeal to the Durham Board of Adjustment filed last week by South Durham resident Melissa Rooney. In her appeal, she challenges the board's decision to hold the meeting June 1, when she had asked for what she thought would be a longer deferral.

The proposed June 1 public hearing is on the rezoning of 167 acres in South Durham off N.C. 751. The rezoning would allow Southern Durham Development and its partners to move forward with a large development of as many as 1,300 residential spaces, as well as office and retail space.

The project has hit several snags and much opposition over the past two years, including lawsuits against Durham County.

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