Saturday, February 4, 2023

More infill townhomes requested off Carolina Beach Road

Similar townhome proposals emerged last year and are becoming a trend of sorts on the long and skinny parcels off Carolina Beach Road. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Design Solutions)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Land moves in 2022 are kicking into gear. In early February the New Hanover County Planning Board will act on a handful of rezoning requests, the bulk of them infill development proposals, a type of project that targets pockets of empty or unused land in urbanized areas. 

Cindee Wolf, a prominent land use consultant, is pursuing a rezoning request involving land off Carolina Beach Road. Plans involve increasing the allowable density on a 6-acre, sliver-shaped group of parcels — with an end goal of a 48-unit townhome development. 

The Wilmington Realtors Foundation is listed as the property owner in the application packet, specifically, foundation president Jody Wainio. The goal for the project, according to Wolf’s application, is to target the “work-force” demographic, making roughly 80% to 120% of the area median income. Each of the units would be sold for individual ownership, according to the application. “Restrictive covenants will be created to assure owner occupancy and restrict investment or short-term rental.”

Wolf has a rezoning in the pipeline for another one of her clients as well, which is also expected to be heard next month. Atantic Coast Holdings, LLC has five acres on Sidbury Road and wants to put in a self-storage facility — though the land is currently zoned for residential purposes.

“There are already an extensive residential development and a large apartment complex, approved within two miles of the site,” according to Wolf’s application. “The desire for having self-storage facilities within a three-mile range of one’s home has become an industry standard.”

Two more rezoning appellations are expected to be heard at the planning board’s meeting Feb. 3. Douglas Reeves, who owns residential land in Castle Hayne, is asking the county to rezone his parcel to allow him to open a restaurant.

Lastly, Tidewater Investment Company has targeted a parcel at 5000 North Market Street. The company plans to seek a rezoning that would allow for bar and restaurant uses. 

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