Wednesday, February 1, 2023

320 homes planned for 147 acres in Hampstead

The Piver Landing proposal will go before the technical review committee and endure a public hearing first

A master development plan was submitted for Piver Landing in Hampstead to include 320 residential lots and community shared space. (Courtesy rendering)

HAMPSTEAD — One of the fastest-growing areas of Pender County is slated for another large development, minutes from water access.

A master development plan for Piver Landing in Hampstead has been submitted for 147 acres in the southeast part of the county (the sixth fastest-growing county in the state at 4.3% annually). The proposed site is located off U.S. 17, about 10 miles north of Wilmington. 

The land lies between Olde Point and Ravenswood roads. The application indicates 724 Group LLC, out of Raleigh, plans to construct 320 residential units and community amenities, as well as small retail and office spaces.

Currently undeveloped woods, the property is owned by James Judson Piver Trustees and located in Topsail Township. In October 2004, the Piver Family Trust, created under the will of James Warren Piver in 1995, deeded the property to his children: James J. Piver, Ruppert Leon Piver, Edwin Glenn Piver, Charlotte Piver Kelly and Joan P. Taylor.

The proposed lots will be cleared between Spring Garden and Country Club roads, down to the waterway and the surrounding creeks: Nixon’s Mill and Old Topsail. The Olde Point Country Club is less than a quarter-mile away.

According to Pender County records, the land is valued at roughly $3 million and is zoned for planned development (PD), a mixed-use district.

The units proposed include 265 single-family lots, three townhome buildings, 15 cottages and 10 loft-style flats above commercial space. The master development plan for Piver Landing proposes 2.79 units per acre, below the PD’s requirement of 5 units per acre.

Each lot will have a front yard, backyard and side setback of 5 feet minimum and a 35-foot maximum height. There will be roughly 20 feet between each building.

The residential construction is planned to have at least two building phases. All amenities are slated for construction during phase one. Additional open space will be landscaped with each phase to support  accompanying lots.

The application states the site will preserve open space in the wetland and marsh areas — of which 35 acres is undevelopable — and create access and viewing corridors to the water.

PD districts also promote above-average open-space amenities and contiguous green space, according to the county’s unified development ordinance. In this instance, developer 724 Group is required to incorporate a minimum amount of recreational space, which the application states will, “far exceed the requirement.”

The Piver Landing plans incorporate a series of walking paths, greenways and pocket parks connecting to the shared amenities. A common area will be built with a pool and outdoor patio spaces. It also may include a café. The loft-style units would be located above the community building.

According to the site plan, created by Wilmington-based architect Paramounte Engineering, the neighborhood will create three main loops, all surrounding stormwater ponds of roughly 3 to 4 acres.

Residents will access water through Pender County Utilities and sewer will be coordinated with Pluris.

A pre-submittal meeting was held with county staff Jan. 18 and the master development plan was submitted to the Technical Review Committee (TRC) Mar. 3. A public TRC meeting to discuss the project will be held Apr. 7.

The proposal will then go to the county planning board for a public hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

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