Greensboro OKs zoning for 1,400-unit community

A Triad residential developer that lost two high-profile zoning fights in the past year has gained approval of zoning changes that will allow it to go ahead with up to 1,400 homes off McConnell Road in eastern Guilford County. Greensboro City Council voted 8-0 to approve zoning changes to City PUD and City LI and annexation for 384 acres along McConnell, Village Road and Andrews Farm Road where Diamondback Investment Group plans to develop the large community. Terry Gauldin, Micki Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart LLC, William Kageorge, and Rebecca Kageorge requested annexation and zoning for the property identified as 5144-ZZ, 5119, 5121, 5164, and 5200 McConnell Road, 1360 Village Road, and 1801 Andrews Farm Road. The property was described as north and south of McConnell and east of Andrews Farm.

Diamondback has a contract to buy the land with plans to develop a planned unit development with single-family homes and townhomes. A piece of the land of land along Andrews Farm is zoned for light industry. RECOMMENDED

The request contained the following conditions:

  • Uses shall be limited to single-family homes and townhomes.

  • Uses limited to a maximum of 1,400 residential dwelling units.

  • Single-family homes limited to 32 feet in height.

  • Townhomes shall not exceed 36 feet in height.

Earlier this year, Diamondback lost a nearly year-long fight to develop a PUD with 714 single-family homes, 521 townhomes and 34 units in mixed-use buildings on the Johnson Family Farm in Jamestown and later sold the property to D.R. Horton. Diamondback also lost a zoning fight last fall to develop 194 townhomes and 62 single-family homes in Mebane. But the McConnell Road plan received little opposition. Diamondback principal Zach Tran described the project as having "1,300 lots" to Triad Business Journal on Tuesday, indicating he may develop less than the maximum density of 1,400. The developer will be responsible for road improvements and new signaling around the development, which will be convenient to many of the new jobs at the under-construction Publix Distribution Center, McConnell Center and Rock Creek Center. The developer said completion could take "7 or 8" years.