TRINITY — A rezoning application was approved Monday that will clear the way for hundreds of townhomes on Unity Street in Trinity.

A total of 235 townhomes, averaging between 2,000 and 2,200 square feet, are proposed for the 6000 block of Unity Street. The area, centrally located near Sheetz and BBQ Joe’s, has been designated by city officials as a regional center.

Trinity Planning and Zoning Board made a recommendation last month to rezone 30 acres of property from residential to residential mixed with conditions for townhomes. That recommendation also included eight acres of the southwestern portion of the property to highway commercial. Trinity City Council voted this week to approve the request.

Tom Terrell, an attorney with Greensboro-based Fox Rothschild, spoke before council as a representative of MG Unity, LLC, the developer. He addressed the concerns of a few of the city’s residents who had spoken previously at the planning board meeting and did so again at the council meeting.

“There is congestion, and we acknowledge that,” Terrell said. “But there is probably, no time any place — not just in Trinity, but any place in the county or the state — where roads keep up perfectly with growth. You have to have the growth first, when you get the growth, to support the roads. Then the roads come.

“We can’t control DOT, but we do believe … there will be, at some point, a nice mesh of the growth with the roadways.”

Terrell said the process of recruiting a grocery store is already underway and could continue to aid the transformation of the corner of Unity and N.C. Highway 62. That effort is made easier, he said, by the presence of these townhomes.

The developers’ plans were met with some pushback from nearby residents like Eric Craver, who lives in the Hidden Valley development. In mentioning what he described a “double-edged sword,” Craver asked council members how the city can manage to coordinate increased development with looming road construction, as NCDOT has roundabouts planned for the area starting in 2024.

“We have six developments going on now with 500 more homes going up,” Craver said at the planning board meeting. “We’ve got a lot going on. I know you know that, but really take a very serious look at the situation.”

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.