BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A 231-unit development, “Sunset Estates,” is being planned off Bell Swamp Road in Brunswick County. Sunset Estates will be comprised of 55 townhouse units and 176 single-family homes.
North of Highway 17, the project location falls about halfway between Leland and Boiling Spring Lakes in unincorporated Brunswick County.
Brunswick County Planning Board approved a preliminary site plan for the project at its regular meeting Monday.
Denser than the surrounding area, the project will not require any high-density rezoning approval from the Planning Board because it was just approved as a Planned Unit Development (PUD). PUDs in Brunswick County can have a maximum site density of 2.9 units per acre, which Sunset Estates plans to meet exactly.
Planned on a 79.6-acre site owned by Sunset Developers of Delco LLC, 39.8-acres will be designated as open space. A majority of the open space is designated as wetlands. Total gross acreage is permitted to be calculated into a project’s density criteria, per PUD policy, according to Senior Planner Marc Pages.
Currently zoned rural residential, the planned project is surrounded by agricultural, single-family residential, and vacant land. Pages said the property falls within a half-mile of the county’s Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD). Alongside Planning Board’s approval, Pages said a provision that future property owners be notified of the existence of the VAD and their proximity to existing farm operations. This notification requirement is intended to protect agricultural landowners from nuisance lawsuits given the likely presence of foul scents or daily farm operations. It basically translates to: “They were there first,” Pages said Tuesday.
Also, the project is near the Haw Hill Raceway, which frequently hosts monster truck events. Future buyers will also be made aware of the raceway’s presence and occasional noise associated with monster truck events.
Though currently stalled, Sunset Estates is close to one densely-planned residential project behind Go Chicken Coop on Highway 17. Brunswick County Planning Board last received an update from the developer of the 92-single-family-unit Country Walk subdivision, in October 2018. Country Walk was approved as a PUD. Pages said the property is currently for sale and could possibly be developed by another entity.
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