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Leland looks to add church-owned acreage to town limits off Highway 74 through annexation

A 26-acre parcel, owned by Port City Community Church, could be voluntarily annexed into the Town of Leland.

The Tow of Leland has agreed to consider an annexation petition submitted on behalf of Port City Community Church, owners of a 26-acre parcel off Village Road. (Port City Daily graphic/Courtesy Town of Leland)
The Tow of Leland has agreed to consider an annexation petition submitted on behalf of Port City Community Church, owners of a 26-acre parcel off Village Road. (Port City Daily graphic/Courtesy Town of Leland)

LELAND — Both the “old” and “new” sides of Leland are adding on new acreage through annexation.

While Leland continues to annex new properties down U.S. Highway 17, the older side of town off Village Road is still growing. And this time, instead of apartments or townhomes, plans could include a new church.

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The town is looking to add approximately 26-acres off Village Road and U.S. Highway 74.

On Dec. 20, Leland’s Town Council initiated the first step in a voluntary annexation process for the parcel, on behalf of the applicant, Charles Poindexter.

Poindexter is also the developer of Bishops Ridge, a proposed townhome development near Stoney Creek that was recently delayed due to flooding concerns.

Both the town’s development agreement with Bishops Ridge, LLC and Council’s final annexation approval of the parcel have not yet been re-introduced to Council since no action was taken during the item’s continuation hearing last month.

Poindexter submitted an annexation petition for a different 26-acre parcel off Village Road.

The parcel is owned by Wilmington-based Port City Community Church, first purchased in 2016. It is currently zoned commercial low density in unincorporated Brunswick County.

The undeveloped tract is also connected to two parcels with frontage directly on Village Road — also owned by Port City Community Church — totaling approximately one acre. Those two parcels are already located in Leland’s municipal limits.

The annexation petition was submitted on Dec. 13 and Council approved directing its clerk to investigate the petition further. When and if the clerk certifies the petition, Council will then review the annexation request in a public hearing set at a future date.

Update Jan. 23, 2019: This article has been updated according to information shared by a Leland spokesperson. The original version of this article sourced information from a town document that incorrectly reflects ownership information.


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