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After successful rezoning, here’s what’s next for Triad megasite

November 15 2017

Triad Business Journal

Randolph County planning board officials Tuesday evening unanimouslyapproved rezoning 370 acres around the Triad megasite from agricultural to heavy industrial, a move that will bring the project’s total acreage to about 1,900 and make the land more attractive to an end-user.

The 9-0 vote is the culmination of months of work to fill in some outstanding gaps within the megasite land, which is located near Liberty and about 30 miles from Greensboro.

"It's a sigh of relief," said Kevin Franklin, vice president of the Randolph County Economic Development Corp., on Wednesday morning. "There clearly are some properties we would like to have had included from the very beginning. Here we are, and we are in a good place. That property has been rezoned so we are able to check off that box and make sure this site is viable for an end-user."

Work on the megasite is moving forward as a joint venture between Toyota and Mazda narrows its site search for a $1.6 billion auto plant to finalist states North Carolina and Alabama.

Franklin declined to comment on whether Toyota-Mazda has been eyeing the Triad megasite, which has seen an increase in activity from helicopters flying overhead and vans of people visiting the property.

With the rezoning approved, local officials are focused on important environmental permitting work involving Duke Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Franklin said.

Franklin said general permitting work for the megasite has been going on for months but that a meeting tomorrow at Providence Grove High School in Climax will focus on environmental permits. It will involve officials from the HDR engineering firm, Randolph County, the city of Greensboro, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Duke Energy to discuss "the extension of utilities and work that will have to be done on site," he said.

He didn't have specifics on the work but said the group will have discussions about wetland delineation. The Army Corp of Engineers must also give its approval on the environmental work being done at the site, Franklin said.

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