Another Look: Blowing Rock Town Council Asked To Consider Ransom Street Overlay Rezoning District

Another Look: Blowing Rock Town Council Asked To Consider Ransom Street Overlay Rezoning District
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By David Rogers. September 10, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A couple of years ago, Blowing Rock’s Town Council twice went against Planning Board recommendations to approve new new requested signage for Appalachian Ski Mountain, forcing significant modifications to the Blowing Rock attraction’s plans. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners and Mayor, the Council will be asked to approve an overlay district rezoning request that the Planning Board rejected last month.

It is somewhat rare for an applicant to go to the full Town Council for approval without the Planning Board’s blessing on such a request, but that isn’t stopping R & R Builders from asking for the 486 and 488 Ransom Street parcels to be included in an overlay rezoning district that would permit short-term rentals, as provided for in the Town Code.

CLICK HERE to review Blowing Rock News’ report on the Planning Board meeting in August.

Construction of the luxury townhomes on the parcels was completed earlier this year. ¬†Realtor Scott McIntosh of Blowing Rock Investment Properties told the Planning Board in August that there is plenty of interest among potential buyers of the properties, “…but the first question they ask is whether the units can be rented short-term, as vacation rentals.”

Although the applicant’s request seemed to satisfy all six adoption criteria listed in town ordinance 16-9.3.1 and there was no objection by anyone living on Ransom Street or from a nearby neighborhood, the Planning Board nonetheless voted to recommend denial of the request. The vote was unanimous except for an abstention by George Ellis, who stated that he was torn between approval and non-approval.

In another Public Hearing, Moody Building owner Bob Lovern is asking the Council to approve an amended conditional use permit for a scaled down version of the restaurant/retail CUP that was approved in 2016.

Under Old Business:

  • Old Recycling-Storage Building Repair
  • Public Art Policy

Under New Business

  • Watauga County Veterans Memorial Presentation
  • Middle Fork Greenway (Resolution sought)
  • Nancy Briggs — asking for relief from high water/sewer bill
  • Dumpster lease/rental


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