Pinehurst Council Says No to Rezoning Property on Lake
The Pinehurst Village council voted to deny a condiThtional rezoning request that would have allowed condominiums to be built on vacant property off Burning Tree Road and near Lake Pinehurst and the marina.
The unanimous vote occurred Tuesday at a council work session.
Prior to a motion being made on the ordinance each member of the council weighed in on their feelings on the project. Mayor Nancy Fiorillo and council member Mark Parson said they would be in favor of the project. Council members Doug Lapins, John Strickland and John Cashion said the would vote against.
The motion to deny the conditional rezoning was made by John Cashion and seconded by John Strickland.
Strickland said he believed that approval of the request would be a setback that would be bad for the neighborhood.
Lapins said he was comfortable voting against because he didn't think it was appropriate in the area.
During a meeting in late February residents living near Lake Pinehurst attended a council meeting in large numbers and protested the project for a variety of reasons.
Some complained that three town homes would not be in character with the neighborhood, which is a mix of homes on one side of the property and condominiums on the other.
Others argued that the buildings would adversely affect views of the lake and the marina.
Still others voice concerns over easement issues and access to water and sewer lines in case of emergency.
The nearly 30,000 square foot lot is currently zoned residential and the homeowner can legally build as many as two homes on the lot.
Fiorillo said decisions related to rezoning of property are always emotional, and said it is always difficult to rezone a property against the wishes of neighbors.
The Village Council also discussed options available as it considers ways to streamline the historic review process and possibly revamp or eliminate the role of the Historic Preservation Commission.
No action was taken, but the council did agree to talk more on the matter at its next work session.
For more on the meeting see Friday's print edition of The Pilot.
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