The rezoning request for Coggins Farm, a mixed-use development planned for a 169-acre tract in Riceville known as Old Coggins Farm, has been withdrawn by the developer, Coggins Farm LLC. It was scheduled to go before the Buncombe County Commissioners on Feb.18.
In an email to the Xpress, David Case, Coggins Farm partner and lead developer, said his company has requested that the zoning change application be tabled without prejudice to a later date.
The Asheville Citizen-Times, in a story today, lays out the proposal:
Old Coggins Farm in rural Riceville will feature hundreds of homes, open space, a small farm, office space, a restaurant and maybe even a school.
“We are devoting our lives to this thing,” Case said.
To make it happen, commissioners must approve a zoning change for the land, which was once a working farm. The rezoning, and the development, mark the first big project for the county since the recession.
Commissioners have already heard from neighbors who have spent their lives in Riceville, which is just 8 miles from downtown Asheville but has the feel of isolated countryside. They are worried about traffic, environmental impacts and what might happen if the zoning is allowed but the development stalls.
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