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1,000-plus proposed homes on hundreds of acres to be considered in Brunswick

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 three planned development applications Monday, Dec. 13. (Port City Daily/File)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Three proposed residential projects currently under consideration would generate more than a thousand new homes on a collective 300-acre footprint if built. 

The Brunswick County Planning Board will meet Monday, Dec. 13, to rule on three “planned development” applications from prospective developers. This type of proposal, which requires site plans prior to approval and onto which the county can impose conditions, has been steadily popular in Brunswick County this year. 

The planning board is also set to consider a handful of rezoning applications, which are smaller-scale requests that don’t always involve the need for attorneys, engineers and other consultants like the more intense asks. 

READ MORE: Four rezoning requests, almost 100 acres, on the table in Brunswick next month

Monday’s agenda includes a proposal from local developer D. Logan and a bid to develop a 186-acre tract of timberland. While the planning board can give the final approval to developers as far as the county is concerned, state agencies still have their own requirements down the road. 

Here is a rundown of the upcoming planning board agenda

Cresswind

  • Specs: 314 single-family lots; 58 townhomes; 67 acres
  • Location: South of Highway 17, between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach
  • Owner: Blueberry Ventures, LLC 

Fast Facts: The land for this development sits nearly midway between the county’s major east-west thoroughfare and the numerous beach towns on the coast. Since 1993, a company called Blueberry Properties, LLC, owned this tract, until it was acquired by the similarly-named Blueberry Ventures this year. 

According to public records, the company is associated with D. Logan. The Cresswind development would offer single-family “build for rent,” in addition to single-family lots for sale and townhomes. 

Marc Pagés, senior planner, noted in the application packet that staff had “significant reservations” about the project moving to the planning board “without clearer details” on plans to incorporate access to the adjacent properties. 

Turnpike Road Tract 

  • Specs: 447 single-family lots; 186 acres
  • Location: South of Highway 17, about 4 miles east of Shallotte
  • Owner: TC&I Timber Company, LLC 

Fast Facts: The timber company has owned the land since at least 2006, according to property records. The company listed as the applicant is affiliated with Ray Covington of Guilford County. 

Russ Tract 

  • Specs: 112 single-family lots; 180 townhomes; 55 acres
  • Location: North of Highway 17, just across Shallotte’s western border
  • Owner: Gloria and William Bland of Shallotte 

Fast Facts: Planning staff asked the applicant to shift their plans so that townhomes would be toward the front of the project and the single-family lots would be in the rear: “This configuration would be more consistent with the zoning districts on the property as well as the surrounding land uses,” according to the application packet. 

Planning staff also requested the applicant to provide roadway access into two next-door parcels and to get permits from the Town of Shallotte for a connection into one of its streets. The widely-used firm, Norris & Tunstall Consulting Engineers, is the applicant for the project. 


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