Community meetings set on proposed 303-unit development in Porters Neck

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Site of the proposed Waterstone residential development.
Site of the proposed Waterstone residential development.

Developers proposing a 303-unit residential development in Porters Neck called Waterstone are hosting two community meetings on Thurs., March 31. A preliminary site plan shows 137 single family homes and 166 town homes will be built on 86 acres of land between Porters Neck Road and Edgewater Club Road.

Wilmington-based Mihaly Land Design has filed a rezoning application with New Hanover County to turn the land, which sits behind the new Porters Neck Elementary School that’s under construction, from R-20 residential, a low-density zone that requires a minimum of 20,000 sq. ft. per lot (35,000 sq. ft. per duplex) to an exceptional design zoning district, which will allow for higher density and mixed use.

According to a letter sent to adjacent property owners from Josh Mihaly, the developers are requesting the change because “the EDZD zoning is a unique zoning classification that allows more creative design flexibility while fostering conservation, open space, pedestrian circulation patterns and low impact development techniques.”

The developers’ current proposed plan for the development will have an average of 3.52 units per acre, three accesses in and out of the development, and will be designed around the wetlands in the area.

The meetings are scheduled for noon and 6 p.m., both at the Ogden Fire Station at 7375 Market Street. The design team will be on hand to go over the rezoning application and preliminary site plans as well as answer questions from residents. Those who cannot make the meetings or have additional questions or concerns can contact landscape architect Josh Mihaly at (910) 392-4355 or josh@mihalylanddesign.net.

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