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Shallotte planning board OK's six-phase development, new KFC

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SHALLOTTE—Planning board members on Tuesday night recommended approval of the preliminary plats for phases I, II and III of a planned six-phase residential development on Cumbee Road off U.S. 17.

The board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the plats for Sea Wynde Plantation presented by developer Adam Lisk and forwarded their recommendation on to the board of aldermen for approval.

According to Lisk, Phase II is the most exclusive phase of the multi-use development and will include a gated section with private streets and large lots. It will consist of 150 single-family lots.

It has a large amount of wetlands that will be used for the open space requirement, he said.

Town staff recommended the developers include the distance of lot frontages on the plat before it comes to the town board.

Phase I of the project will consist of 287 units—98 townhomes and 187 single-family homes.

In Phase III, town staff requested a reduction from 155 to 144 units and reconfiguring of two cul-de-sacs to meet town regulations.

The six-phase development is expected to be completed in 2010, Lisk said.

The board also voted to table Lisk’s request for a text amendment reducing the required side yard setback from 8 to 5 feet.

Town staff recommended the board consider that reduction only for houses greater than 8,000 square feet, while Lisk asked for a more lenient interpretation, saying he needed to be able to be competitive with other developers.

“We all need to be competitive,” he said. “Other towns allow 5-foot setbacks.”

Lisk said he was trying to meet the builder’s requirement for homes that include a two-car garage, a bedroom and an entryway along the front, not a “shotgun-style” house that is narrow along the front and runs deep into the lot.

“It doesn’t benefit if it goes deeper,” Lisk told the board.

“The goal of the PRD [planned residential development] is to encourage innovative development,” he said, noting that he’s not advocating for the change in regular subdivisions, only when it applies to PRDs.

Sabiston said he didn’t think adhering to the 8-foot setback would impair his ability to sell homes because buyers are not looking for only one type of house.

Planning board members agreed Lisk had a good argument but said they wanted more information before recommending the change to the board of aldermen.

They asked Lisk to bring floor plans and other information to the next planning board meeting and asked town staff to share the plat information with the fire department.

Board member Ray Lyles made the motion to table the matter until next month’s planning board meeting, and it passed unanimously.

In other business, the board approved the site and landscaping plans for a new KFC restaurant to be at 348 Whiteville Road across from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Agent Larry Knoerl, representing KFC Laurinburg, presented the plans to the board. He explained the 3.42 acres owned by the company is two lots, and the restaurant will be built on one lot and the other eventually sold.

The 101-seat restaurant will be slightly larger than most KFCs and its parking lot have enough room to handle recreational vehicles, school buses and tractor-trailers, Knoerl said.

Planning board members approved the plans unanimously.