Orange County, N.C. — Some homeowners in Orange County say a party house planned for their neighborhood will ruin their peace and quiet.
Twenty-two acres of land off Morrow Mill Road, west of Chapel Hill, is surrounded by trees, livestock and other farms. It is a serene space, but Kara Brewer and her husband have big plans for their farm property.
The couple hopes to host educational field trips, chestnut roastings and weddings, but their plans have been put on hold.
“We are just getting ready to put down all our flowers now so by the time May, June get here, we have freshly grown flowers that brides then use,” Brewer said.
Nearly two weeks ago, the Orange County Board of Adjustment ruled that the land is a bonafide farm, meaning no special events, like weddings, can be held on the property.
“The vast majority of folks that are doing agritourism in North Carolina, and Orange County in particular, are farmers who need to bring in the extra revenue,” she said.
“This is not the case. This is the case of a real estate developer coming in with a plan, and when that plan isn’t approved, trying to get it approved in a different way,” said Laura Streitfeld, with Preserve Rural Orange.