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Rezoning on Carolina Shores agenda Thursday

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised to consider a rezoning change at a specially rescheduled monthly meeting Thursday night.

The Nov. 7 meeting, rescheduled for a later time of 7 p.m. at Carolina Shores Town Hall in lieu of the board’s usual 2 p.m. monthly meeting time, will include a public hearing for proposed amendments for rezoning the Marlowtown Road area from residential R-8 to manufactured home II (MFH II) to allow for mobile homes.

At a Sept. 23 meeting, the town planning board unanimously approved a recommendation to designate the area in question for manufactured housing (MFH-2).

The recommendation came after town administrator Mike Hargett explained a rezoning change of the area from agricultural to R-8 was made in 2006-2007 but that town staff was unable to determine the nature of the change. He told more than 20 residents in attendance one of the reasons for the change was residents desired to have storage units on their property.

Hargett said at the town board’s workshop Monday, Nov. 4, the proposed change would be consistent with tradition for that area, which is in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. He said individual letters have been sent to property owners in that area notifying them of the proposed change.

Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said the town has done an outstanding job responding to residents’ concerns.

Fellow commissioner Greg Davis said, “They’re pleased with the board’s attempts not to throw out the baby with the bathwater and change the entire zoning structure.”

 

Beacon Townes modification

The board addressed at length at Monday’s workshop redevelopment modification plans with Craig Hobart of Pulte Group, developer for the Beacon Townes community.

The board will consider resolutions at Thursday night’s meeting.

Beacon Townes has indicated a desire to resume development of additional project phases.

Pulte Group proposes establishing zero-lot lines for units in the community to meet townhome criteria needed to use the residential building code, which the North Carolina Department of Insurance has determined is workable.

According to a proposed resolution, the size, location and character of the buildings/units in remaining phases are unchanged from the development plan as originally approved.

The developer also proposes dedication of roadways in the development, acceptance of which by the town will result in conflicts with the front-yard setbacks for a few existing or future buildings as approved in the development.

The developer has requested that the front-yard setback requirement be modified to no less than 13.5 feet to match the location of existing and future buildings in relation to the roadway as approved in the original development plan. The town’s Unified Development Ordinance provides flexibility for that.

 

Laura Lewis is a staff writer the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.