RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Randolph County Commissioners voted four to one Monday night to start the rezoning process to turn the land for the future Greensboro-Randolph Megasite from residential to heavy industrial.
The hope is that the approximately 1,400-acre megasite will attract a major car assembly plant and create at least 1,700 jobs.
"This would be a game changer for our community," said Randolph County Manager Hal Johnson.
Residents also spoke out at the meeting against the rezoning.
Plans to build the megasite have received a lot of criticism from residents who fear the project would destroy their rural community.
"Why not wait until we have somebody that actually wants to use that property?" resident Alan Ferguson asked commissioners at the meeting.
Johnson says rezoning the area is an important step in the project becoming site-certified, which allows the county to recruit developers and companies.
"We're looking at major industrial development that would create jobs," Johnson said.
The next step will be getting rezoning plans approved by the county planning board in January.
After that, county commissioners will make a final vote to rezone the site in February.