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More than 600 housing units on the books in southern Brunswick

A preliminary site plan for a mixed housing development near Southport proposed by Evolve Companies. The project will go before the Brunswick County Planning board Monday evening.

SOUTHPORT — The southern end of Brunswick County is peppered with proposed projects and those in the works. If approved, they could bring more housing to the area, a mix of single and multi-family developments.

Below are some of the most recent projects working their way through the planning process.

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Evolve Southport Cottages

The most timely of all the projects, Evolve is up for consideration by the county planning board Monday with a proposed 161 single-family and semi-attached units off North Carolina Highway 211. The cottages are a project of Evolve Companies, a development and construction firm with headquarters in Wilmington and Greensboro. The company is also planning a nearby apartment project with the working name Evolve Southport Apartments and a cottage development called Hawthorne at Waterside in Leland.

Located directly across from Abbington Oaks Way and to the west of Brunswick Glass Services, the project covers 32 acres, with 5.03 units per acre, the maximum allowed.

The preliminary site plan for the development shows an even mix of houses and adjoined townhomes. Units are one-bedroom duplexes totaling 1,419 square feet, two bedroom buildings with 1,268 square feet and three-bedroom buildings with 2,112 square feet.

There’s a large stormwater retention pond placed at the entrance to the project and a second, smaller pond located on the southern end.

Two sections of wetland in the parcel are not eligible for development. 

The plan also includes a community pool, pickleball courts and dog park, sidewalks, 383 parking spaces and 4 separate garages, as well as an on-site trash compactor.

The development only requires 8 acres of open space, but Evolve is proposing 10.23, including 2.27 acres of recreational space. There is no flood zone in the development.

All the roads in the project will be privately maintained. Its water and sewer service will be provided by the county. County staff recommends the board approve the project on the condition of the removal of a walking trail adjacent to the abutting West Trace subdivision.

Old Lennon Road 

This project, another located off Highway 211, was approved by the planning board during its Nov. 14 meeting. It consists of 252 single-family homes across 105 acres, totaling 2.39 units per acre. The lots will be at least 6,600 square feet in size, and the development is a project of Virginia-based Stanley Martin Homes.

The Lennon Road site plan. The planning board approved the project in November.

The project will leave 48.42 acres of open space, more than three times the 15.82 acres required, and 11.53 acres of recreational space. 

Stormwater ponds will be placed along the western boundary of the development with walking trails included, private roads and sidewalks weaving throughout the area.

During the Nov. 14 public hearing, two neighbors expressed opposition to the project. According to minutes from the meeting, April Williams said she was concerned about the speed limit along Old Lennon Road. Mario Lawrence took issue with existing congestion in the area and the implications of continuing development on traffic.

Planning staff told the board the developer is working with neighboring properties to create opaque screening and prevent headlights from shining into their parcels.

Hawthorne at Ocean Isle Beach

This 198-unit multi-family project is proposed off Ocean Isle Beach Road, west of North Carolina Highway 179. The project would consist of five apartment buildings, a clubhouse, pool and pickleball courts..

The Hawthorne at Ocean Isle Beach preliminary site plan. The project is working its way through the planning process right now.

The site is 15 acres, with 13.2 units per acre, slightly less than the required 13.6 minimum. The plan proposes 354 parking spaces, seven more than the 347 required for a multifamily development of this size. Most of the buildings have handicap-accessible parking spaces and two have handicap-accessible ramp access to the buildings.

34.5% of the area will be open space, and 43.6% of that open space is reserved for recreation.

Most of the units will be two-bedroom apartments, along with 66 one-bedroom units and only 24 three-bedroom spaces.

The plan shows a proposed stormwater pond along the site’s western boundary. The plan submitted to the planning board is only the first draft and may change after staff review.


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