Southern Pines Council Rejects Impact Study of Proposed Development
The Southern Pines Town Council has rejected a petition asking it to have an economic and community impact study conducted in conjunction with a major development on land owned by the Bell family.
“We’ve never required such a study,” council member Mike Fields said Wednesday at the council’s monthly agenda meeting. “Unless we’re going to require it on every single project that comes to town, we shouldn’t do it.”
Fields noted that downtown Southern Pines has “survived and thrived” in the past 30 years, despite retail encroachment from the likes of Walmart, Lowe's and Pinecrest Plaza shopping center.
“We have a very unique downtown that has been successful despite the growth,” he said.
The petition was submitted to the council last September by the Broad Street Merchant Community. It was signed by 52 owners or managers of businesses in downtown Southern Pines.
The Bell family is seeking to rezone 558 acres adjacent to their Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.
The council is expected to vote on the rezoning at its monthly meeting next Tuesday.
See Friday's edition of The Pilot for full details.
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