Elizabethtown clears the way for bed and breakfast

Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — A proposed bed and breakfast moved forward Monday when the matter came before the Elizabethtown Town Council during its first meeting of the new year.

Chris Adams, who owns the property located at 105 Cromartie Road, came before the board during a public hearing to talk about his request. He explained that the business, which will be named The Elizabethtown Inn, would feature five guest rooms. Only one resident spoke about the proposed bed and breakfast — Melrose Lomax gave her stamp of approval for Adams’ request.

“It’s a lovely old, historic home that should be shared,” she said. “It would be an asset for the town.”

Council members quickly gave their approval for the request to rezone Adams’ property to accommodate the bed and breakfast, as well as approved a change in the wording for bed and breakfast home in R-40 zoned areas during another public hearing. In a third public hearing on the matter, a special use permit was OK’d by the Town Council to allow the bed and breakfast to operate.

A fourth public hearing was held that attracted no speakers. A zoning text amendment to remove the definition of flea markets from the zoning ordinance and the Town Council approved the amendment.

In other board action:

— Evans Computer Solutions gave a presentation on a proposal to install Wi-Fi servces at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, which totaled $2,000. The board approved the proposal.

— A voluntary annexation request was presented to board members from Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery, located at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. The request was approved.

— The board OK’d agreements for Phase II of the Streetscape Improvements, as well as curb and gutter for Morehead Street along Leinwand Park.

— Approved a request by the Elizabethtown Fire Department for a paid on-call program.

— Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 23, as its annual budget retreat to begin work on the fiscal year 2016-17 town budget.

The next meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council will be Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

Staff report

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