Southern Pines Council Approves Tyler's Ridge
The Southern Pines Town Council voted 4-1 Monday night to approve the controversial Tyler's Ridge at Sandhills mixed-use development.
Council member Chris Smithson cast the lone dissenting vote, claiming that developer Jim O'Malley's application for a conditional use permit did not comply with the town's Unified Development Ordinance because the dimension, height and location for three single-family homes was not provided.
Smithson also cited a text amendment approved last fall by the council that he has called "de facto rezoning," saying that property owners adjoining the Tyler's Ride site may not have received proper legal notice.
Town Attorney Doug Gill said there was no precedent under North Carolina law for him to offer a legal opinion on the issue.
Plans for Tyler’s Ridge include a commercial development on the north side, featuring small shops and a restaurant. A multifamily development on the south side includes 216 one- and two-bedroom dwelling units. The 46.2-acre project is at the corner of N.C. 22 and Airport Road.
O'Malley hopes to begin construction in December, with the first apartments becoming available next fall.
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