BRUNSWICK COUNTY –– There are four rezoning requests in the pipeline expected to soon be considered by the Brunswick County planning board. The board is the county’s regulatory body charged with reviewing incoming developments and ruling on attempts to rezone land — and the board has been flush with activity recently.
Meetings this year routinely draw a handful of “planned development” proposals, which are large-scale projects tied to a specific site plan. Rezoning requests are often smaller, reflective of a property owner’s desire to maximize the use of their land.
Of the four projects inbound for planning board review, three are smaller parcels of about 10 acres or fewer, while one proposal concerns a 177-acre tract.
On a parcel fronting Southport-Supply Road — west of Oak Island and near Bolivia — property owner John McGee is seeking a rezoning to “commercial intensive.” The rezoning would affect close to only 3 acres of the parcel’s 10-acre total; there is a residence and warehouse currently approved on the site.
According to county code, the commercial intensive district goes hand-in-hand with properties that have access to major highways. Examples of uses include “warehousing, storage, moving, service and repair, distribution, wholesaling, marketing of specialty goods and light manufacturing plants.”
The 177-acre parcel up for rezoning is located in the county’s western edge, near South Carolina. It’s north of Hickman Road and the Caw Caw Swamp, and across the street from the Brunswick Health and Rehab Center.
The property owner is the McLamb family, which has owned land in the area for generations. Jimmy Lennon McLamb told Port City Daily the plan is for a residential project, with both single-family lots and multi-family units. It’s undecided whether the McLamb family will handle development in house, or contract with an outside party, McLamb said.
McLamb’s father, Jimmy Allison McLamb of Calabash, who died in September 2020, was the cofounder of nearby Brunswick Plantation and served in the N.C. Army National Guard.
Windsor Commercial LLC owns an 11-acre parcel at the intersection of Andrew Jackson Highway and Mercantile Drive, on the outskirts of Leland. The company’s officials include members of the Wilmington-based real estate firm Landmark Organization. The company is seeking a rezoning request for general industrial uses on the land, which is across the street from Northwest District Park.
Lastly, the Kirby family of Supply wants to rezone a 2-acre parcel on Stanbury Road, along the route of N.C. Highway 130. The rezoning tag sought is for “orderly suburban residential development.” The planning board will next meet Oct. 11.
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