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2 major applications heading to Brunswick planning board

Brunswick County has accepted over $530,000 worth of water and sewer infrastructure. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
The Brunswick County Planning Board will consider a slate of development applications March 14. (Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY —  On this month’s docket for the planning board, which approves or denies major development applications in Brunswick County, there will be a bid for a 53-acre subdivision and a rezoning request for a 685-acre tract. 

At the upcoming meeting, scheduled for Mar. 15, an application was also expected for a colossal rezoning on a 3,100-acre territory, but the application has been delayed by a month and will appear on the April agenda, according to planning staff. 

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In that case, the applicant, a family who has been acquiring the land for decades, is asking the county to change the zoning district for its parcel, upping the number of allowable homes that can be built in the future. The latter case for the March agenda, the 685-acre project, is the same situation: The applicant wants the land rezoned but is not yet applying to begin construction activity.

In the subdivision application, by contrast, developers have supplied site plans for a finished, single-family project that the planning board can approve or deny. 

Here’s a breakdown of the two major applicants on the Brunswick County Planning Board’s upcoming agenda:

Fairway Acres 

Site plans for Fairway Acres major subdivision. (Port City Daily/Courtesy)
  • Specs: 53 single-family homes; 16.99 acres
  • Location: Beach Drive SW
  • Owner: Duck Pond Ventures, LLC 
  • Fast Facts: This tract, located outside Ocean Isle Beach, bounced between limited liability companies in the mid-2000s, fetching a $5 million sale price in 2007, according to property records. In June 2021, a Texas-based company sold the lot to the current owner, Duck Pond Ventures, LLC, a land development company registered in Raleigh. The applicant’s representative is Timmons Group.

Malmo Loop Road

The Malmo Loop Road Tract. (Port City Daily/Courtesy)
  • Specs: 685 acres
  • Location: West of Leland, by way of Andrew Jackson Highway
  • Owner: Malmo Ventures, LLC (D. Logan)
  • Fast Facts: Years ago, thousands of acres in this area belonged to a timber company; these specific 685 acres up for rezoning were purchased by an LLC affiliated with the Saffo family in early 2020, and then sold in 2021 to the current owner, an LLC registered to builder D. Logan. Another 2,000 acres south of this tract are still owned by Malmo Loop Farm, LLC, which is managed by John Martin Franck and Anthony Averginos Saffo. 
  • The rezoning sought for the 685-acre tract would increase the allowable density from 2.9- to 7.3-dwelling units per acre.  

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