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7/29/2022 7:18:00 PM
Public Hearings Monday Night

Wayne Howard
Reporter


The battles between those who want to slow development and those who want to develop properties to meet housing needs will continue this week as Lincoln County Commissioners and the County Planning Board hold their regular monthly joint meeting Monday at 6:30 at the Citizens Center.

A big crowd is expected for multiple public hearings on several controversial rezoning requests.

The first of those will be a continuation of a public hearing from June 6th on a request from Garden Street Communities Southeast, LLC, to rezone a 72.9-acre tract on the south side of NC 182 at Gainsville Church Road just west of Lincolnton from R-SF (Residential Single-Family) to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential) to permit a subdivision with up to 66 single-family homes. PD #2022-1 drew much criticism from area residents at a Community Involvement meeting at Lincoln Charter School in late April.

A proposal to build a large apartment complex on Highway 27 west was also the subject of a community involvement session at Lincoln Charter School in late April, but that request has since been withdrawn.

Another request set for a public hearing Monday night will be PD #2019-2. Riverbend Properties, LLC, wants to rezone 262 acres on the east side of NC 16 bypass and the west side of the CSX railroad at the Gaston County line in southeastern Lincoln County from R-SF (Residential-Single Family) to PD-MU (Planned Development-Mixed Use) to permit industrial uses. Riverbend Preserve is also requesting the rezoning of acreage in Gaston County to permit industrial and residential uses. In all, up to 2.5 million square feet of industrial uses are proposed, mostly in Lincoln County. The North Carolina General Assembly approved $18.5 million for Lincoln County to implement increased water and sewer capacity for that project. The residential portion of the development will be in Gaston County.

Residents of the area opposed to the development have created a Facebook group Riverbend Preserve/Woodcock Farm Rezoning. It's controversial, and the grant money from the state makes it appear that the project has a 'green light,' but the public hearing may provide more clarity to what has been for severak years a 'whispered about' proposal. Commissioners have discussed it regularly behind closed doors but not in open sessions.

Another request sure to draw considerable comments is PD #2022-4, a request from Pace Developmen Group, to rezone 113.27 acres on the west side of N. Little Egypt Road at the intersection with Optimist Club Road from R-T (Transitional Residential) to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential) to permit a subdivision with up to 199 single-family detached homes. The Planning Dept. accompanied the announcement of that public hearing with the following:

**Planning staff has not provided a recommendation on this request, due to the pending decision on the requested subdivision waivers for this same project. A public hearing before the Planning Board is scheduled for the proposed subdivision waivers this same evening.

Also controversial and likely to draw significant opposition at the Monday hearings is ZMA #700. Carolina Elite Builderswasnts to rezone a 5.299-acre parcel (Parcel ID# 100155) from I-G (General Industrial) to R-S (Residential Suburban). They want to build an apartment complex on the property located on the north side of Pete's Road at the intersection with Midtown Drive in Lincolnton Township.

Multiple other rezoning requests will also be heard by the two boards:

CZ #2022-6 Reliable Insulation, LLC, applicant (Parcel ID# 88806) A request to rezone a 1.209-acre parcel from B-N CU (Neighborhood Business Conditional Use) to CZ B-N (Conditional Zoning Neighborhood Business) to permit a 3500-square-foot accessory building behind an existing contractor’s office. The property is located at 3217 Cinnabar Lane in Ironton Township.

CZ #2022-8 Matthew Gilbert, applicant (Parcel ID# 14263) A request to rezone a 4.429-acre parcel from R-SF (Residential Single-Family) to CZ R-R (Conditional Zoning Rural Residential) to permit a campground. The property is located on the west side of Gilbert Road at the intersection with Imperial Lane in Howards Creek Township.

ZMA #692 Nicholas Speed, applicant (Parcel ID# 53512) A request to rezone a 0.576-acre parcel from R-T (Transitional Residential) to B-N (Neighborhood Business). The property is also located in the Eastern Lincoln Development District (ELDD) overlay at 7778 NC 73 in Catawba Springs Township.

ZMA #693 Mark Allen, applicant (Parcel ID# 81550) A request to rezone a 1.9-acre parcel from R-S (Residential Suburban) to I-G (General Industrial). The property is located on the north side of NC 27 and the west wide of Cat Square Road in Howards Creek Township.

ZMA #694 Donald Scott Roach, Jr., applicant (Parcel ID# 101215) A request to rezone a 0.558-acre portion of a parcel from B-G (General Business) to R-T (Transitional Residential). The property is located on the west side of Gaston Hillside Drive and the south side of County Line Trail in Ironton Township.

ZMA #695 Phyllis Labauch, applicant (Parcel ID# 54959) A request to rezone a 1.467-acre parcel from R-SF (Residential Single-Family) to R-S (Residential Suburban). The property is located on the east side of Hoffman Road about 900 feet south of the intersection with Wesleyan Church Road in Lincolnton Township.

ZMA #696 Thomas Lackey, applicant (Parcel ID# 51868) A request to rezone 3.686 acres from B-N (Neighborhood Business) to B-G (General Business). The property is located at 2105 Cat Square Rd. in Howards Creek Township.

ZMA #698 NC West District of Wesleyan Church, applicant (Parcel ID# 02889) A request to rezone a 7.003-acre parcel from B-N to B-G. The property is in the Eastern Lincoln Development District (ELDD) overlay at 2381 NC 16-business north in Catawba Springs Township.

ZMA #699 Timothy Jones, applicant (Parcel ID# 18472) A request to rezone a 3.284-acre parcel from CZ B-G (Conditional Zoning General Business) and B-N (Neighborhood Business) to I-G (General Industrial). The property is located at 2037 Highway 150 west in Lincolnton Township.

ZMA #701 Danny Weaver, applicant (Parcel ID# 11296) A request to rezone a 10.565-acre parcel from R-SF (Residential Single-Family) to R-R (Rural Residential). The property is located at 7240 Dan Rhyne Rd. in North Brook Township.

Also on the agenda is a UDO update: UDO 2022-2 Lincoln County Planning and Inspections, applicant A request to amend Section 2.4.5 & Section 2.4.6 to increase the minimum lot area and width requirements, to amend Section 2.4.9.B. & Section 2.4.9.E. to create minimum lot area and width standards for single family detached housing in Planned Development Districts, to amend Section 2.4.9.B.3 to revise the minimum PD-R buffer to 50 feet, and to amend Section 2.4.9. to require exterior sidewalks in the PD-MU district, similar to the requirements of the PD-R and PD-C districts.

Commissioners will also hear and decide one quasi-judicial request:
SUP #466 Nil Sine Numine Investments, LLC, applicant (Parcel ID# 23698), a request for a special use permit for an event venue in the R-S (Residential Suburban) district. The 10.9-acre parcel is located at 3727 Highway 150 east in Ironton Township.



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