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12/5/2017 11:19:00 AM
D.R. Horton, Essex Homes Get OK On Planned Developments
Walter Fields presented the D.R. Horton proposal for development at Ingleside; Robert Davis spoke on behalf of both applicants; Rudy Bauer was the only person who spoke against the proposed developments; Stephen Pace told Commissioners if East Lincoln Fire Department approves a proposed site, they'll get the land needed for a satellite fire station.(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Walter Fields presented the D.R. Horton proposal for development at Ingleside; Robert Davis spoke on behalf of both applicants; Rudy Bauer was the only person who spoke against the proposed developments; Stephen Pace told Commissioners if East Lincoln Fire Department approves a proposed site, they'll get the land needed for a satellite fire station.

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)


Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


Following a joint meeting with County Commissioners and public hearings on them, the Lincoln County Planning Board approved seven items Monday night including two new housing developments for the southeast Lincoln County area.

Surprisingly, there was only one person who spoke against the two housing proposals that could bring 637 new homes to the area. Walter Fields outlined the proposed development that will include the historic Ingleside property. That development on the south side of Highway 73 will border with the Trilogy development on the east and extend westward to surround Ingleside Farm Road. Fields said a part of the proposal would be the creation of a new entry ramp from Ingleside Farm Road to Highway 73 East. D.R. Horton, the developer, will also contribute $100,000 to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for upgrading the intersection of Highway 73 and Little Egypt Road.

Horton also asked for a guarantee of five years for building the development without any possible zoning changes from the County that might stop the work. The development, when completed, will create up to 422 single family homes. The Planning Board voted 8-0 to approve both of Horton's requests.

Robert Davis introduced Fields for the Horton proposals and then spoke on behalf of Essex Homes which requested rezoning of 83 acres on the east side of North Little Egypt Road. That development will build up to 215 homes. The Planning Board gave it their OK by a 7-1 vote.

During the presentation by Fields, the question arose about a plan from years ago that would have provided for a new satellite fire station for the East Lincoln Fire Department. That plan, by Pulte Homes, never materialized. The fire station was not considered in the planning by Horton for the Ingleside development, but Stephen Pace told Commissioners that he had conversed with the chief of that department, and if the Fire Department approves, land will be made available for a new satellite station near the Highway 73 and Ingleside Farm Road intersection.

Bauer, who lives on Blades Trail on Lake Norman off Highway 16 a considerable distance north of the 16 and 73 intersection was the only speaker against the proposals. Bauer asked Commissioners to approve "no more homes." Commissioner Martin Oakes told Bauer the Commissioners had no legal authority to totally stop development.

The Planning Board voted 5-3 to approve a request to rezone property on Highway 27 West near Wise Road to allow the owner to build duplexes there. Relatives of one neighbor spoke against the proposal at the hearing.

Also approved by unanimous 8-0 votes were a request to allow a Lake Norman resident to build a garage on his property, another to allow a double-wide home to be placed on property on Hull's Grove Church Road, and a reversal of zoning from just over a decade ago making what had been a business location a single-family residence again on Salem Church Road.

The proposals now go back to the County Commissioners for their consideration on December 18th.



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