Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Over 1,700 new homes proposed for Sidbury Road

A 1,700-home development proposed on Sidbury Road. (McKim & Creed)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A well-known developer is setting up its next phase of Sidbury Road housing developments with a 1,754-home addition to the area.

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D.R. Horton is requesting a rezoning of two parcels totalling 700 acres aside the developers phases 1 and 2 of its Sidbury Station neighborhoods in the Murraysville area. The land is currently zoned the residential R-15 district, which only allows for 1,440 units; D.R. Horton is looking to rezone it to the planned development zoning, which allows for the proposed 1,754 units.

Per the preliminary site plan, the development would extend from Sidbury Road and snake between the other Sidbury Station neighborhoods on one side and land owned by Sidbury Land & Timber on the other. The site plan connects the other Sidbury Station phases, planning five entrance points into those housing communities hosting 750 units.

The site plan shows most of the land will be dedicated to single family lots, though the closest to Sidbury Road will be reserved for duplexes. 

D.R. Horton is proposing 140 acres of open space, the minimum requirement. A significant portion of that space is wetlands at 124 acres. It does not appear that the wetlands will be disturbed, which would require a permit from the state.

A required 20 foot vegetative buffer will cover the perimeter of the property, though the land only has a few neighbors aside from those in Sidbury Station.
A community meeting for the project will be held on Feb. 6 at Northside Church, A Building, Room 1 located at 2501 N. College Road beginning at 6 p.m.

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