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Voluntary annexations in Leland continue, western town limits could expand

As multiple applicants seek to voluntarily annex properties totaling over 100 acres into Leland's town limits, more acreage owned by individuals is up for annexation next to Brunswick Forest.

A total of 73.3 acres -- owned by three different parties -- adjacent to undeveloped, property owned by Brunswick Forest's developer, could be annexed into the Town of Leland. Yellow represents Leland's existing municipal limits, blue represents Belville's, beige is unincorporated Brunswick County property, and red is property up for voluntary annexation. (Port City Daily graphic/Courtesy Town of Leland)
A total of 73.3 acres — owned by three different parties — adjacent to undeveloped, property owned by Brunswick Forest’s developer, could be annexed into the Town of Leland. Yellow represents Leland’s existing municipal limits, blue represents Belville’s, beige is unincorporated Brunswick County property, and red is property up for voluntary annexation. (Port City Daily graphic/Courtesy Town of Leland)

LELAND —Voluntary annexation requests in Leland are not slowing down in 2019. Last week, the town received two more applications to annex property near Brunswick Forest into its municipal limits.

Related: Breaking down the cost-benefit of Leland’s town-initiated Lanvale Forest annexation

Both parcels applied for voluntary annexation on the same day, Jan. 8. Despite the coincidence, the parcels are owned by different individuals, not LLCs.

The two parcels total 15.7 acres, with one directly adjacent to land owned by Funston Land and Timber, LLC, Brunswick Forest’s developer. At 3.22 acres, the smaller of the two parcels is not contiguous to existing Leland’s municipal limits in undeveloped Brunswick Forest property.

Voluntary annexations

Close by, Leland is in the process of annexing another property. Also directly adjacent to undeveloped Brunswick Forest property, a 57.6-acre parcel with frontage on Highway 17 could be annexed by next month. The land is owned by ERH Investments, LLC.

ERH Investments withdrew its initial Aug. 6 voluntary annexation petition with “no explanation” on Oct. 8, 2018, according to town documents, but later reinstated the application.

Charles Poindexter applied to voluntarily annex land near Village Road. Poindexter submitted that application to annex 26-acres off Village Road last month. But that parcel is owned by Port City Community Church, rather than Poindexter himself.

Poindexter is also the owner of Bishops Ridge, LLC. Bishops Ridge, LLC, is also seeking one prominent annexation in Leland: a townhouse development by the same name.

Bishops Ridge, a 100-to-120 townhome project, was up for a development agreement with a $100,000 incentive package in the fall. But its flood zone designation and proximity to Stoney Creek, a Leland neighborhood with severe flooding concerns after Hurricane Florence, stalled Council’s approval. The project has since been continued for review at a later date.

Settler’s Village, a proposed development on Village Road, is already in Leland’s town limits. The now 74 townhome project abuts Sturgeon Creek on Village Road, near Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s headquarters. At a total of 8.6 acres, RLA – H+W Design is seeking a conditional rezoning of the property to T4O.

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


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