NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Four proposed developments — totaling nearly 20 acres across unincorporated New Hanover County — have passed the planning board and now are on the way to commissioners for final approval.
On May 2, county officials will consider approving each project during its regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. in the New Hanover County Courthouse. If given the green light, developers can begin pulling permits and undergoing technical reviews to carry out their visions for the land.
Here’s a breakdown of applications slated for the upcoming agenda:
What: 68 single-family attached units, with 17 quadruplex structures, plus parking, a clubhouse and amenities
Location: 3100 block of Blue Clay Road, north of Rachel’s Place and to the southeast of New Beginnings Christian Church
Owner: New Beginnings Christian Church
Fast Facts: New Beginnings Church is seeking a rezoning to build more townhomes as part of its project “The Covenant.” The property, bought by the church in 2013 for $360,000, is currently in the R-20. If approved, this change in zoning would assign it to the R-5 district, which allows for greater densities.
The application states, “The typical large-lot homes of the past were necessary due to the need for adequate land to support wells and septic systems. Now public utilities are available. A denser housing product makes in-fill possible with better affordability.” Plans show a community garden and center and a playground for this senior community. Buildings will range between one- and two stories.
What: 44 single-family, attached, two-story townhomes with a pool
Location: 300 block of Edgewater Club Road, east of the Waterstone neighborhood and north of Porters Neck Elementary School
Owner: Har-Ste Investments, LLC
Fast Facts: This upscale townhomes project has faced some pushback due to concerns over traffic, flooding, environmental impacts, and overall effects to the area, according to planning documents. Still, the planning board voted 5-1 to recommend approval with some conditions. These include paving a sidewalk between the complex and Porters Neck Elementary, designing a stormwater management system for a 100-year storm event and only housing residents ages 55 and up.
Consultant Cindee Wolfe is seeking this rezoning out of R-20, which it was assigned in the ’70s, to R-7 on behalf of the landowner to allow for greater density. She wrote in the application, “Townhome communities such as this one are in demand due to lifestyle preferences, affordability factors and proximity to services.” Har-Ste Investments, LLC has owned the land since February 2021 when it was purchased for $366,000, according to property records.
West Bay Commercial on Market Street
What: A bank
Location: 7491 Market St., at the southwest corner of the intersection of Market Street and Torchwood Boulevard
Owner: Dallas Harris Land Company
Fast Facts: James Fentress, of Stroud Engineering, is attempting to rezone this parcel from R-15 to community business to build a 2,400-square-foot bank with a covered drive-thru, ATM and three service lanes. He’s also asked that medical and dental buildings and offices be permitted in case the land use changes in the future. Currently, the property is vacant, but it’s been known to serve as a homeless encampment.
Castle Hayne straight rezoning
What: Possible low-density residences, retail and restaurant
Location: 6205 Blossom St., at the corner of Castle Hayne Road and Vine Street
Owner: Walu, LLC
Fast Facts: Undeveloped land in Castle Hayne is proposed for a rezoning from R-15 to community business and R-10. The change in zoning would allow for up to three residential units at 10,000 square feet, along Blossom Street, and commercial construction on the remaining land, fronting Castle Hayne Road. The application mentions a restaurant and retail as possibilities.
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