Southern Pines considers development proposals, ordinance amendments

SOUTHERN PINES – The Southern Pines town council meeting had a packed agenda and a packed room last week for the regular town business meeting. Mayor Carol Haney announced before the meeting kicked off that the council would be holding three quasi-judicial hearings as well as two legislative hearings.

The quasi-judicial hearings included a multi-family residential development known as Patrick’s Pointe along U.S. Hwy 1 N., the Pinehurst Surgical Center location and a townhome development.

After approximately seven hours of testimony at their December meeting on Patrick’s Pointe, the council heard an additional two hours of testimony last Tuesday before deciding to continue the hearing to their Feb. 8 meeting. The developer will provide documentation of the site plan prior to the meeting so neighbors and other parties can review the plan before the council votes on the 226-unit development. The initial proposal was for 288 units but was changed after input from the neighboring Village Green community.

In the second quasi-judicial hearing of the night, the council approved a request for an additional 252 parking spaces for the proposed Pinehurst Surgical Center medical office. The council also approved annexation of the site once completed. The proposed development is a 60,000-68,000 square foot building located on 5.19 acres along S. Carlisle Street on the western side of Patriot Boulevard.

In the third and final hearing regarding developments in Southern Pines, the council approved a special use permit for the development of 20 townhomes on S. Bennett Street between W. Wisconsin Avenue and W. Morganton Road.

Sitting in legislative session, the council approved various technical amendments to the Southern Pines Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) with a variety of text amendments. The Planning Division of the town’s Community Development Department proposed the amendments. Amendments included clarification of landscape measurements, building height rules and other clarifying changes. The council also approved an amendment to the development plan for the Waterworks site on the East side of Central Drive/N.C. Hwy 22 between Warrior Woods Rd. and Aiken Rd.

The council also set hearing dates for two developments. On Feb. 8, the council will hear two voluntary annexation requests. Robert & Julie Van Camp, Trustees, Thomas Van Camp, Trustee, and Morganton Road Enterprises, LLC have petitioned the Town for voluntary annexation of a parcel totaling +54.94 acres. The parcels are identified as PIN 857100575720 and 857100572972 and are located between US 15-501 and W. Morganton Rd. Benjamin Stout is requesting voluntary annexation of five parcels totaling +4.10 acres, collectively known as Blue Farm, Section Three and located on N.C. Hwy 22.

By North State Journal Staff

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