Village Extends Moratorium in NewCore
The Pinehurst Village Council voted Tuesday to extend the moratorium on new development within the NewCore district through Feb. 13.
The council plans to hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Assembly Hall on rezoning the 19-acre area to a new category called Planned District (PD). The area, previously called the service district, has a variety of existing zoning districts and a hodgepodge of uses.
It is bounded by McCaskill, Community, Rattlesnake, Dundee and McIntyre roads, as well as Magnolia.
Certain structures in the district that were built between 1895 and 1970 are also covered by the local historic overlay district, which regulates changes to the exterior of existing properties and new construction.
Additional property included in the rezoning proposal at the corner of McCaskill and Magnolia that is currently zoned for single-family development isn't affected by the moratorium, which covers only the 19-acre NewCore district, Village Manager Andy Wilkison said in a later discussion.
Planner Bruce Gould acknowledged that the property could become a single-family subdivision under its present zoning until the council votes to rezone the area.
Red Tail Properties of Cary had said it planned to purchase the property and build townhouses. The Pilot was unable to reach a representative of the company for comment.
The PD designation is generally intended to be applied to areas in which specific plans have been created or areas that have been master planned, under guidelines that are part of the ordinance amendment. It would supersede other provisions of the Pinehurst Development Ordinance.
The area proposed for the PD designation is "generally affected by special characteristics or problems of a land-use, economic, transportation, public facilities, historic, natural, or transitional use or development nature which are not common to other areas of the village," according to Gould.
The NewCore planning process began more than a year ago. The village hired Raybould & Associates of Raleigh to work with a steering committee to develop a master plan for the area and an appropriate general zoning district under which specific master-planned projects can occur as properties in the district change hands or are sold.
The council imposed the moratorium last year and has renewed it at 90-day intervals ever since while the study and implementation process has been under way.
The village's Comprehensive Long-Range Plan calls for creating a master plan for the old service district.
In other business, the council set a second public hearing for Nov. 28 on an assessment roll for properties in a Municipal Service District.
Property owners in the district will be assessed for part of the cost of repairs to the dam on Pond 1. They will have 15 years to pay the assessment. The village agreed to split the $500,000 cost of the repairs with the property owners in the district. The state ordered the village to repair the dam.
Assistant Manager Natalie Dean said that property owners in the district will be notified by letter of the amount of their individual shares of the cost prior to the public hearing.
Property owners in the district are financially responsible for repairs and other maintenance work on the dams and ponds. The village took over ownership of the ponds and dams from Pinehurst Resort in 1993 and created the Municipal Service District as a mechanism to charge property owners for maintenance and repairs.
The Village Council initially decided to borrow the money and then pass along the entire cost of the dam repair work to the 22 property owners. But many of them said they never expected to be hit with a half-million-dollar repair bill.
The council later voted to split the costs with the property owners and take the money from reserve funds, saving money on the interest.
Dean reported that John G. Frye, a certified public accountant, has been employed as the village's new director of financial services and will report for work Dec. 4. He fills a vacancy left by the resignation of his predecessor for family reasons. He is currently director of financial aid at Sandhills Community College.
Frye is a native of Moore County. He graduated from Campbell University in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned a master's of business administration degree from Fayetteville State University. He has state and national certification as a local government finance officer.
He served as financial services director with Moore County from 1991 to 2004. He resigned that job May 19 in the wake of a consulting report that questioned the transferral of $43,617 from the county to the private Moore Parks Foundation in 2002.
Steve Wyatt, the county manager at the time who has since left the county, fired Assistant County Manager Mike Griffin on May 25. Griffin later took a position with Pine Needles.
Dean said the new senior staff member's financial investment management skills will be a significant asset to the village.
Frye said Wednesday in a brief telephone interview that he considers taking the Pinehurst position a career advancement, because most of his previous education and career have been in government accounting and finance.
Sara Lindau can be reached at 693-2473 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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