CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the Orange County attorney who spoke at the hearing. Assistant county attorney James Bryan attended the hearing. The story has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
The Orange County Board of Adjustment finally came to a decision Monday night to reverse a previous ruling allowing a barn to be built on property owned by Chris and Kara Brewer.
The decision came during the board’s second session of the month discussing the appeal.
Kara Brewer of Southeast Property Group, LLC had previously been denied a special use permit for the barn which was first conceived as an event space for weddings. After their permit was denied, a building permit was granted in June 2016 for a barn on the same property, this time under the idea it would be used for agricultural tourism.
Chris Brewer, Chapel Hill resident and husband of Kara Brewer, said the couple planned on harvesting chestnuts on the property and roasting them in the proposed barn.
“There will be $50,000 worth of chestnut trees on the farm,” Brewer said.
Brewer also said there would be bee hives on the property and they would be extracting and selling the honey from the hives.