NEW BERN, Craven County - New Bern aldermen on Tuesday voted in favor of rezoning a piece of property known as Craven 30.
The aldermen voted unanimously, according to a City of New Bern tweet, to the rezoning of the property near Weyerhaeuser from industrial to residential. Weyerhaeuser owns the 540-acre property just west of New Bern and want parts of that land rezoned for future development.
Weyerhaeuser would like to use 388 acres of the property in the area northeast of U.S. 70 and the U.S. 43 interchange. The plan is to rezone the area from an I-1 industrial to an R-6 residential. The other 152 acres would be used in a mix of commercial and residential with possible shops and other work spaces.
"I i think this is a really good opportunity for New Bern," said City Planner Morgan Jethro-Potts before Tuesday's meeting. "New Bern is growing at a rapid pace, it's the perfect location, I think it is going to be a wonderful opportunity to bring in more people, more amenities, more opportunities, it is going to be wonderful."
The original plan for the property in 2012 included a shopping center and 200 acres set aside for a movie production company. That plan fell through, which led to the current plan.
NOTE: The above video ran in our Tuesday, 6 p.m. newscast before the vote was held.