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Planning board OKs Food Lion plans

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SHALLOTTE—The planning board has recommended approval of plans for a new Food Lion shopping center off N.C. 179 near Willis Drive.

On Tuesday, the board recommended approval of the preliminary plat presented by owner A.B. Willis and the site and landscaping plans presented by Tripp Engineering for the center.

The shopping center is planned to include a large store of 34,928 square feet and 13 additional units, with a total square footage of 51,728.

Code enforcement officer Cindy Babson told the board the applicant complied with all the town’s requirements, and the plan has been reviewed and accepted by the fire marshal and the N.C. DOT.

According to the developer, the new Food Lion will sport a brick faade and a metal roof with gables.

The plans will be forwarded to the board of aldermen for approval at the next regular meeting.

In other business, the board tabled requests for annexation and rezoning of 14.02 acres in the extra-territorial jurisdiction on Village Point Road. Applicant Dee Dee White requested annexation and rezoning from RA-15 to MF-14, a high-density multi-family zoning district.

Planning board member Gene Vasile expressed reservations about the higher density.

“It looks like the density of 14 units per acres is considerably higher than what the town’s land-use plan says for that area,” Vasile said.

“I’m very concerned about changing our land use plan de facto.”

Planning board chairman Dennis Winters asked the other board members if they agreed, and all either said they would vote no or had serious reservations about the density.

Winters offered White a chance to request tabling of the issue until next month’s meeting so he could bring back a lower-density development. He agreed, and the board voted unanimously to table the matter.

In light of that decision, White also requested tabling his request for “conceptual approval” of a multi-family project in River’s Edge.

A number of residents of the area attended the meeting to speak against the project and said they would come back next month.

Vasile talked about the inconsistencies of the proposal.

“To place multi-family units in that area, specifically with the density we’re talking about runs totally counter to the flow of the community,” he said.

The planning board also recommended approval of site and landscaping plans for Royal Oaks Landing, a 27-townhome development planned for Royal Oak Drive.

The plans had come before the town before, but town staff requested modifications. According to the agent for the project, the size was reduced by two units, and emergency fire exits were added.

sarah shew wilson is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or swilson@brunswickbeacon.com.