W.P. Planning Board Denies Food Lion
The Whispering Pines Planning Board on Friday turned down a proposed site plan change that would limit access to the Food Lion shopping center.
The board voted 3-2 against a revised plan submitted by JDH Capital that called for installing a concrete median to prevent eastbound traffic on Sullivan Drive from turning left into the shopping center.
“It just doesn’t impress me,” board member Bob Kroll said. “If we have on accident there, I am going to feel very guilty, so I tend to not be in favor of this.”
Kroll, Agnes Buckley and Tim Venjohn voted against a motion by Colin Webster to approve the change, with the condition that an additional ingress lane be added to the shopping center’s main entrance on NC 22. Board member Leonard Murry voted with Webster for the motion.
The three voting against the revised plan cited concerns that the new plan presented safety issues and was not in the long-term best interest of the residents of Whispering Pines.
Food Lion representatives say the store will still open on Sept. 8.
Village ordinances require that both the Planning Board and the Village Council must approve any changes to the major special-use plans. The council approved the revised plan Wednesday.
The need for a change resulted when developers could not obtain an easement to allow eastbound traffic on Sullivan Drive to turn left into the shopping center.
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