HIGH POINT — The city has adopted new policies that will guide decisions on growth around two major road projects under construction in High Point.
Land-use plans for the Eastchester Drive/Interstate 74 interchange and the portion of the Jamestown Bypass in High Point include several recommendations for how to protect key environmental features and existing neighborhoods while fostering new development where it’s compatible with the surrounding area.
Each of the specific recommendations in the new plans will require individual action by the City Council or Planning and Zoning Commission to adopt, according to Lee Burnette, the city’s planning and development director.
The recommendations include land-use plan amendments, zoning updates and street-name changes that are tied in with the construction of both projects.
The Eastchester plan covers a 148-acre area around the redesigned interchange. One of its main objectives is to protect Oak Hollow Lake, a drinking water supply for the city that’s just northwest of the interchange, by steering high-intensity commercial uses like drive-thru restaurants away from this part of the Eastchester Drive corridor.
The land-use plan designation for a majority of the study area is recommended to remain office, which would support a wide variety of office, institutional and residential uses, as well as smaller retail development.
The Jamestown Bypass plan covers a 2-mile section of the road through the city, which will open in 2022. The new road will connect with an Interstate 74 interchange in the Five Points area and could enhance the redevelopment prospects for large, long-vacant sites like the former Presbyterian Home retirement center and the former Evergreens nursing facility, according to the city.
Opportunities east of the I-74 interchange, where the bypass is providing access to undeveloped land, will be primarily developer-driven, according to the new plan.
The city could take on an active role west of the interchange in Five Points by improving the aesthetics of the corridor with a “gateway” appearance that would include streetscapes with broad sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian street lights and benches.