Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hampstead development decreases size by 29 acres, expands commercial space

Public hearing for master development plan’s ninth revision set for Apr. 5

Hampstead’s Wyndwater has undergone eight approved revisions to its master development plan already and has submitted a ninth to decrease acreage and add additional commercial development. (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti)

HAMPSTEAD — An extensive development in Hampstead already underway has submitted revisions to its master plan to Pender County officials. Changes would replace planned single-family units with townhomes and increase commercial space off U.S. 17.

Signature Top Sail LLC first submitted plans for Wyndwater in November 2013. The subdivision, 20 minutes north of Wilmington, is within walking distance of Hampstead Kiwanis Park and North Topsail Elementary School.

In almost a decade, Wyndwater has sustained eight approved revisions, according to Pender’s planning board. 

“This project has certainly been revised more often than others, but I wouldn’t call it abnormal,” planning director Travis Henley said. “Most of the revisions have been due to additional land being added to the project. This current proposal is the first in which land is slated to be removed from the project.”

The development plan decreases the project’s overall land size from 235 acres to 206 acres.

The latest revision was turned over in September 2021 by GSP Consulting, on behalf of Wyndwater developers Mike Pollak, David Greer and Jennifer Evans. Together, they have created more than 25 neighborhoods, including Hampstead’s Pecan Grove Plantation. (Pollak and Evans also developed the luxury townhome community Muirfield Townes in Wilmington.)

The project on 234 acres off Sloop Point Road is being completed in nearly a dozen phases. The latest plan changes the number of single-family lots from 453 to 412 and increases townhomes from 76 to 116. It also includes 52,800 square feet of medical space and 16,000 square feet of retail. The space is located within the planned development zoning district, which allows for a mix of uses.

Henley explained the Pender County development code requires projects larger than 100 acres to include a residential and non-residential component.

Eight phases of Wyndwater have been completed since 2013, totaling 360 single-family lots. Phase four is partially completed with an additional 52 single-family lots, and phase five is in permitting for 63 single-family lots.

An entire phase covering 27 acres is being removed from the master development plan, located to the east of Sloop Point Loop Road. 

Other changes in the plan include:

  • Removing 20 of 76 units from Phase 11 — planned for north of Topsail Plantation Drive, south of Topsail Greens Drive and east of U.S. Highway 17
  • Adding phase 7’s 60 townhome units, located south of Topsail Plantation Drive and north of Champion Drive.
  • Increasing proposed commercial space from 2.6 acres to roughly 7 acres

Based on the total residential units proposed, more than 15 acres is required to remain open space, though the developers are doubling it in their revised proposal. The net density of lots equals 3.46 units per acre, less than 3.67 units per acre in the adjacent Topsail Greens development.

Units are built by Robuck Homes, established in North Carolina in 1926 by Frank and Linda Robuck, and start in the $400,000 range. Homes average 2,500 to 2,900 square feet for three- and four-bedroom units with three-and-a-half bathrooms.

(Robuck Homes is also planning this spring to construct 16 homes in Wilmington’s Winding Marsh — located on Middle Sound Loop Road, about 1 mile from Pages Creek Park Preserve.)

Wyndwater’s website boasts its preserved green spaces and natural elements, including live oaks and dogwoods. There also will be play areas, walking trails, sidewalks with swings, and other covered seating. 

Residents have access to a community pool and bathhouse, in close proximity to Topsail Island’s beaches and the Hampstead public boat ramp roughly 2 miles away. 

According to the master plan, nearly 6,000 vehicles are expected to travel through the area daily.

A public hearing on Wyndwater’s revisions will be held Tuesday, Apr. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Pender County Public Assembly Room, 805 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.


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