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Shallotte schedules hearing on vision plan, approves annexations

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have set a public hearing and presentation on the town’s vision plan for the pre-agenda meeting Aug. 26.

At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, the board of aldermen agreed to hear from consulting planner Allison Platt at the 5:15 p.m. pre-agenda meeting. Platt will give a final presentation on the 10-year vision plan and answer questions from the board and the public.

At the regular board meeting the following week, aldermen will consider voting on the plan, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.

In May, Platt presented her draft plan to town residents at a special meeting at Shallotte Middle School.

It includes an expanded waterfront area off Cheers Street, new streets, a riverwalk and a mix of commercial and residential development.

Cheers Street would be the major access to the river where new residential and commercial growth would begin. The street would be widened, creating a bridge between Main Street and the river, where there would be a public gathering place.

Other business

Aldermen also approved annexing 4.76 acres on Ocean Highway West and rezoning it to highway business at the request of property owner Frank Serge Jr. He said he was planning to build a second residence and wanted to hook onto the town’s sewer line.

Neighboring property owner Joseph Butler questioned the request during the public hearing and asked if it would negatively affect his property, particularly with water runoff.

Serge explained he was preparing the property to mitigate any lost wetlands, and the aldermen said Butler’s property would not be affected by the town unless he requested annexation as well.

Aldermen also approved annexing .34 acres on Usher Avenue and rezoning it to R-10 at the request of property owner Don Eggert.

They also approved Maurice Longworth’s request to operate an automobile sales and service garage as a conditional use in the highway business zoning district for his property on Whiteville Road.

At the request of McKim and Creed engineers, the board also approved the preliminary plat for the Lake Serene development, which consists of 51.68 acres on Shelley Lane and Todd Road.

At the property owners’ request, the board recessed the public hearing for White Investments’ request to annex and rezone 14 acres on Village Point Road until the next meeting Sept. 2.

Owner Deedy White said he wanted to bring in a representative to talk about the project. The board agreed.

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