Monday, September 26, 2022

Development continues in Brunswick County: 500 more homes coming to region

(Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — One of North Carolina’s fastest-growing counties recently gained hundreds more homes to house even more residents.

Several planned unit developments were approved by the Brunswick County Planning Board Monday, including a 223-unit subdivision and expansions to current neighborhoods. 

As the population grows — Navassa and Leland also rank among the top five fastest-growing municipalities statewide — the county’s planning agendas are some of the most packed with development. 

The planning board did authorize three out of five projects on Monday’s slate. Below are the buildouts that gained the go-ahead. 

Chappell Loop Tract 

100082 Chappell Loop Road SE, Leland

Around 20 acres between Belville and Leland jurisdictions could gain 150 multi-family units across five buildings, each averaging 16,000 square feet. 

The developer is H&W Design, the company behind many local projects, including The Arboretum in Wilmington, Brunswick Harbor and St. James Plantation in St. James, and Cypress Trail in Brunswick County. 

The Chappell Loop Tract would not need a rezoning, as it is labeled R-6000 for high density residential in accordance with the parcels surrounding the development. H&W is proposing a density of 7.3 units per acre, the maximum allowed under the zoning. 

Two parking spaces per unit will be provided while the roads will be private yet adhere to NCDOT standards. A traffic impact analysis will be required prior to the recording of individual lots, but the application states 1,435 vehicle trips per weekday.

H2GO will provide water and sewer services, despite their interlocal agreement to merge their services with the Town of Leland; however, this property’s services are wholly owned by H2Go and not subject to the contract. 

Open space is required to be at least 5.13 acres, but H&W incorporated 11.95 acres, while 2.76 acres will be dedicated to recreation space.

The planning board voted unanimously to approve the project.

Fox Run

Intersection of Empire Road SW and Mt. Pisgah Road SW, Supply

Coastal Land Design Engineering is proposing 121 single family lots and 102 semi-attached units on 51 acres on Mt. Pisgah and Empire roads, 8 miles outside of Holden Beach.

The applicant is Coastal Land Design Engineering, a major developer behind a host of developments in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, including Eden Village, Sunset Park and Tidewater at Ocean Isle. 

The land zoning is R-7500 for medium density residential with a 5.8 dwelling density maximum, but CODE is only proposing a density of 4.3 homes per acre.

According to the application, the land was previously approved as the Empire Place planned development in 2015, but its approval expired in 2020 before the project was completed. It proposed 158 multi-family units and 10 acres of commercial use, but neither of those items are included in the new proposal.

Water and sewer will be provided by Brunswick County and the roads will be private.

CLDE has included 21.07 acres of open space in the subdivision where 10.27 are required, some of which could be used for a grassed activity area, pedestrian walkways, a picnic shelter, benches, workout stations, a dog park, horseshoes or disc golf. Also included is 4.27 acres of recreation space, of which only 1.55 acres are required.

A traffic impact analysis will be required upon approval, but the application states 2,134 vehicle trips will be generated on an average weekday. Two driveway parking spaces will be provided per unit.

The planning board voted unanimously to approve the project.

Supsura Tract

Ash-Little River Road, Ash

Norris and Tunstall Engineering had one win for the evening, although they had two other proposals up for consideration. A 214-unit development at the corner of Gilbert and Benton roads and a 101-unit expansion to RiverSea Plantation were denied approval after the public hearings. 

After gaining approval for 118 single-family homes on 42 acres in August 2021, the developer applied to expand their proposal to 148 homes on 35 acres.

The new development will be installed at Ash-Little River Road, 14 miles inland of Ocean Isle. The site is zoned SBR-6000 for site built high density residential use with a maximum density of 7.3 dwelling units per acre. The proposal says the development will be 4.2 dwelling units per acre.

Water and sewer infrastructure will be provided by Brunswick County and the roads will be private. 

With an open space requirement of 8.8 acres, the developer is proposing 10.03 acres with 1.92 acres of recreation space. 

A traffic impact analysis will be required, but the application estimates vehicle trips to reach 1,416 per weekday. The plat also sits within the study area of the Carolina Bays Parkway, an NCDOT road extension from South Carolina to U.S. Highway 17 in Brunswick County. The application states the land is situated within one of the concept  corridors being evaluated. 

The planning board voted unanimously to approve the expansion.


Reach journalist Brenna Flanagan at brenna@localdailymedia.com 

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