Questions and Answers
This is a list of commonly asked questions and their respective answers:
1. WHAT PRICE POINT HOMES ARE YOU PROPOSING?
We are working diligently to provide target price points ranging from $250,000 (if at all possible) with a portion of the neighborhood, up to $2M.
2. WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR SCHOOLS?
Space for and distribution of seats available in our public schools is overseen and governed by the Guilford Board of education. We have approached the leadership and met with them to explore potential innovative and creative solutions. We also are in discussions with other very viable solutions. This will be determined early on as development progresses, and is top of mind in our planning process.
3. WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR ROADS?
Our plan has to achieve approval from the NC Department of Transportation. They review and approve all aspects of design and locations for road connections. We will be required to provide a Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA). This TIA will analyze the traffic distribution and serve NCDOT in its forecast of how best to serve the community’s transportation needs over the 25 year life of this project and beyond.
4. SINCE WE DON’T HAVE A DISTRICT FOR THIS, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO DO THIS? OUR MIN LOT SIZE IS .73 ACRES?
We are proposing a text amendment that will be completely regulated by a negotiated development agreement. These two documents will line out development regulations and standards in accordance with NCGS 160-A-400.
5. WHEN WILL YOU HAVE PLANS TO SHOW US?
All plans will be presented and discussed at several public neighborhood meetings as well as the required public hearings where the public’s feedback and comments are encouraged. This is an involved process and requires preliminary meetings that will be scheduled shortly after we finish our intense planning work and are able to triple check the economic, environmental, social, and wildlife viability our proposed plans for submittal.
6. WHEN WILL THE PUBLIC HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK?
The Public will have numerous occasions to speak during this process of zoning. Public neighborhood meeting forums, the Planning Board Hearing and Town Council meeting will all be available for the public to comment. You can always send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. WHAT ARE YOU ASKING US TO DO?
Our commitment is to be open and transparent with the citizens of Summerfield, The Planning Board, Town Council, and Town Staff. We are requesting a Master Planned Village District Text Amendment. If successful, we would then apply for a rezoning and work with the town on the standards and details of a development agreement, regulating every aspect and detail of the plan.
8. WHAT ABOUT THE RESIDENTS WHO DON’T WANT ANY GROWTH?
A few are voicing their desire for no growth, or “Sameness” in the growth we incur. They continue to push this narrative without proper fairness and innovation necessary for a quickly changing housing market designed into the housing options available and offered in our town. We know that is not the entire town’s view, and we feel that stance is not practical, and places our town at risk in many unfavorable ways. We believe thoughtful, controlled, smart growth, as we are proposing is what best serves the town going forward. It can and will allow for the preservation of rural character which is really what the majority of us in Summerfield want.
9. WE ARE NOT GREENSBORO AND DON’T WANT TO BE GREENSBORO
We are not proposing that we become Greensboro. Greensboro does not currently have any opportunity like this to professionally plan, regulate, and control 1,000 acres of strategically located land on which to provide its unmet needs. We are proposing a visionary, long range plan that will help make our town viable well into the future, and strengthen our Summerfield community over the next 100 years.
10. WE DON’T WANT RESTAURANTS OR HIGH-END RETAIL. WE LIKE OUR TOWN JUST AS IT IS.
Unfortunately towns do not “remain the same”. They either die, or grow. This is not a new concept and we all know examples of a dying community, bad growth and we all know good growth and development when we are fortunate enough to witness it. There are many in Summerfield who love the idea of new amenities, walkability, an outdoor lifestyle, and housing options designed for their present and future needs. Many citizens of the town are excited about potential restaurant options, and the prospect of improving the entrance view corridor of 220, which is the gateway to our community, but is currently a poor representation of the quality of the neighborhoods that have developed over time, and since our incorporation. They are excited about small retail boutique shops, a signature farm to table restaurant supported by local gardens and produce, and the ability to enhance our overall fire safety. We are giving Summerfield the opportunity to pursue its maximum potential as the finest small community in NC over that 100 year vision.