Land Use Change to Include Higher Density Housing Recommended for Area North of High Point

High Point city planners are proposing a change to the future land use plan for an area north of High Point that will include higher density housing:

One area consists of about 120 acres, and its land use classification would change from Medium Density Residential to Restricted Industrial.

The future land use designation for the other area — about 79 acres — would change from Low Density Residential to Future Growth Area.

The larger area is near the developing medical/industrial employment center in southeast Kernersville and is adjacent to High Point’s restricted industrial land-use designation to the east.

City planners said this presents an opportunity to provide for higher density housing options near a large number of jobs.

The smaller area already is developed with rural single-family residences.

The amendments stem in part from the recommendations of the Northwest Area Plan adopted by council last year.

This is intended to guide future development for an area of more than 10,000 acres where High Point is expected to grow alongside Greensboro and Kernersville.

The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the amendments last month.