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11/7/2017 7:53:00 PM
Commissioners OK Making Plans For Sewage Expansion
Killian Creek Sewage Treatment Facility(Lincoln Herald File Photo)
Killian Creek Sewage Treatment Facility

(Lincoln Herald File Photo)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Commissioners took a major step Monday toward expanding the county's sewage treatment facility which could pave the way for still more development in the rapidly growing area of southeastern Lincoln County.

Commissioners approved a contract for the design which could double the sewage plant's capacity. Just that step will increase the county's allowable treatment capacity. Once the design is complete and the county gets financing approval from the Local Government Commission, the county will be able to use 100% of its current plant capacity.

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The county is already involved in upgrading two major north-south trunk lines--one along Business Highway 16 and the other along Killian Creek--which will also allow for handling more sewage--an estimated 20% more than currently available.

As new trunk lines are needed current plans are to extend lines west along Old Plank Road. That would allow for more development south of Old Plank Road in Ironton Township--effectively directing increased traffic from development away from Highway 73.

Several new developments that could affect traffic on 73 and Business 16 were part of the discussions at the two meetings of Commissioners on Monday. The Planning Board voted 8-1 after a joint public hearing to approve a request to amend the master plan for the Rivercross mixed-use development to permit 135 single-family homes and 133 townhomes on a 74-acre portion of the development which had been approved for 220 single-family homes. Also approved was an amendment to the master plan regarding phasing and road improvements. The 116-acre Rivercross site is located on the west side of Highway 16 Business and the south side of the southern end of Triangle Circle.

The Planning Board voted 9-0 to approve a request to amend the master plan for the Wildbrook residential development to permit a new charter school for grades K-8 there. The 73-acre Wildbrook site borders Triangle Circle, Rufus Road and Airlie Parkway.

The Planning Board also voted 9-0 to approve a request to rezone 59 acres on the west side of Little Egypt Road just north of Highway 73 for yet another housing development.

Public meetings were scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights at the East Lincoln Community Center related to two other planned developments. One of those would create a large development south of Highway 73 along Ingleside Farm Road and the other another development on North Little Egypt Road.

There has also been much talk about the possible development of the Woodcock Farms property on Business 16 at the Lincoln-Gaston county line. The property is owned by a Duke Energy subsidiary and has been discussed as both a possible industrial site and as a possible residential development. If a developer pays for most of it, Lincoln County might use increased sewer capacity to provide that service. The city of Mt. Holly is eager to provide water to any development there.

Commissioners also voted Monday to hire a firm to design a waterline on Reepsville Road that would provide an additional connection with the city of Lincolnton, considered a major improvement in existing lines and possibly helping the county to eventually expand the availability of county water to the West Lincoln area.

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