WEB: Third PUD Work Session Scheduled
The Southern Pines Planning Board will continue grappling with the proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district at a third work session at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
The board will meet at the Douglass Community Center. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The developers of the Pine Needles Village have asked the town to create a PUD category in the zoning ordinance and then rezone nearly 1,000 acres between U.S. 1 and Camp Easter Road to the new district. The proposed development would have more than 1,100 residential units -- a mix of single- and multi-family -- shops and other retail businesses, a hotel and offices.
After holding a second work session Sept. 19, the board decided to hold a third special work session on the zoning district after hearing a presentation from consulting firm LandDesign Inc.
At the last work session, Meg Nealon, designer with LandDesign's Charlotte office, reviewed proposed procedures in a PUD application process with the advisory board.
A PUD is intended to be flexible to accommodate different, large land-use projects, she said. It also allows for every stage of development following town approval of a master plan to be handled in a series of "incremental" plans, to be submitted as detailed site plans.
Board Chairman Chris Arnold said that after this next work session, he hoped the board could schedule a public hearing. The board called off a hearing Aug. 24 after Kelly Miller, CEO of Pine Needles and Mid Pines, withdrew the rezoning request until the PUD is worked out.
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