CORRECTION: The original version of this story misrepresented the area in which the party barn was proposed to be built. Kara Brewer proposed the property be built in the rural county outside Chapel Hill. The story has been updated to reflect these changes.
“I agree” and “I disagree” signs waved in Orange County’s West Campus Office Building in Hillsborough Monday in response to the testimonies and statements delivered to approve or reject a proposed party barn in the town.
After almost five hours of hearing testimonies and reviewing evidence, the Orange County Board of Adjustment rejected Kara Brewer’s application to a Class B Special Use Permit (SUP) for the development of an event barn in an agricultural residential zone.
“I’m very disappointed in the decision,” said Brewer when the board rejected her permit. Brewer said she needs to speak with her lawyers about whether she could pursue other actions to approve the development.
A Class B SUP authorizes the holder to develop a particular parcel of land but must meet certain conditions.
Brewer’s application proposed the development of a 4,200 square foot 1860s-style barn in the middle of the wooded property designed to hold up to 250 people for weddings and charity events. The development project also proposed a parking lot with 125 spaces, a main drive way leading to Morrow Mill Road and a service driveway exiting on Millikan Road.