The town planning board voted Tuesday to recommend approval of a car dealership near a residential neighborhood, but some conditions could help ease residents’ concerns about the project.
Bobby Murray Chevrolet wants to build a dealership on U.S. 1 near the Shearon Farms neighborhood.
Some neighbors have said they worry the dealership would bring increased traffic and large trucks to the area. About 100 people have signed a petition on change.org.
To alleviate concerns, the planning board recommended conditions for the project. The dealership would not be allowed to conduct test drives through the Shearon Farms neighborhood and a service department would not have open bay doors.
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Also, the planned expansion of nearby Meadstone Way would be delayed until the town takes over the road and improvements are made.
Meadstone Way, which is owned by Shearon Farms developers, is slated to become a three-lane service road under a N.C. Department of Transportation plan to improve Capital Boulevard. Currently, the road dead-ends in the neighborhood.
Delaying the Meadstone Way project will allow Shearon Farms to have a say in the plans, said Melissa Alonso, who created the online petition.
When the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and other groups began the U.S. 1 improvement plan, Shearon Farms residents were not part of the input process. At first, the neighborhood didn’t yet exist. Then the focus was further north.
Capital Boulevard improvements aren’t set to begin until at least 2023.
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners will have to give final approval for the car dealership project, likely on June 16.
“We’re quite pleased with the decision,” Alonso said.