Development agreements include public parkland in Carolina Shores

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners last week squared away rezoning, development and economic development agreements with new developers of Landmark at Lighthouse Cove.

The actions at the June 7 board meeting include a purchase offer contract for a parcel at 970 and 974 Thomasboro Road planned for use as future town parks.

Commissioners approved on second reading adoption of a balanced $2.8 million budget calling for a neutral ad valorem tax rate for fiscal 2019 of .1016 cents per $100 valuation rate. The budget takes effect July 1.

Commissioners approved rezoning for the Landmark at Lighthouse Cove from residential (R8) to planned residential development (PRD).

Before commissioners approved a development agreement for the community off Thomasboro Road, former Mayor Walter Goodenough expressed concern about drainage and how it will affect adjacent communities.

Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said all stormwater requirements have to be met before building can ensue.

“Nothing can occur until the matter is addressed,” he said.

The development agreement includes a stipulation the developer will take on the cost of specified improvements for two separate parks on property to be owned by the town.

Work for “park one,” also referred to as “east park,” includes land-clearing and grading as well as installation of a 30-by-30-foot picnic shelter pavilion with restrooms, at least six picnic tables and benches, a finished concrete floor and utility closet.

Work also calls for a 20-by-44 linear foot pickleball court and 3-by-46 linear foot horseshoe pit as well as a 24-foot-wide parking access road from Thomasboro Road and parking lot with 10 unmarked spaces.

Work for “park two,” aka “south park,” calls for restrooms and a picnic pavilion, a pickleball court and horseshoe pit, access road and parking on town property off Country Club Road.

The parks are to be dedicated to the town and inspected by the town.

During public comment, Lighthouse Cove resident Bill Adams said, “We are all expecting good things from (the new developer),” citing a change of hands with different rules and regulations over the years dating back to the recession when work there stalled.

“It has been a chaotic mess over there I don’t think is our fault,” he said. “We’ve been told one thing and another.”

Lighthouse Cove resident Elaine Tiller asked about approximately 20 unfinished houses she says are dormant in the community and are not being properly maintained.

Another woman said certificates of occupancy for the structures had been denied, which commissioner Greg Davis said would involve violations.

Mendenhall said the North Carolina Building Code has a sunset provision that prevents such construction from going stagnant and encompasses violations “on a litany of things.”

Commissioners approved a resolution increasing the elected officials’ compensation from $550 to $700 quarterly for the mayor and to $500 for commissioners.

Dunn said the board intends to significantly improve town employees’ pay to bring them to closer to cost-of-living expenses and provide higher wages to make the jobs more attractive, which Davis said would also help with retention.

“It’s significantly more for each person,” Dunn said.

Near the end of the meeting commissioners met with a fence vendor to go over options for installing a more solid buffer between a town retention pond in front of town hall and adjacent homeowner on Persimmon Road.


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