Development phases

Land use and conceptual plan phasing for The Carolina. Image courtesy of Koontz Jones Design.

A preliminary development plan for 114-lots in The Carolina subdivision located near the Moore County Airport was approved Tuesday by the Southern Pines Town Council.

The Carolina was originally permitted by Southern Pines, in 1999, as a master-planned community for up to 495 homes and 96 assisted living units. But over the ensuing years, the community attracted limited interest from buyers and builders.

In 2013, the sparsely developed property was purchased from bankruptcy proceedings by Caropines, which then later added the community’s defunct golf course property in 2017.

During a contentious rezoning process last year, town leaders inked a compromise with the developer for 550-lots. The new conceptual plan reflected the interests of a small but actively engaged group of existing homeowners who wanted to see more of the original community’s design and golf course amenity preserved.

Land planner Bob Koontz, of Koontz Jones Design, said the newly platted lots include both cottage and single-family homes. In addition, the driving range and three holes of the now defunct golf course have been returned to recreational play for residents of the community. He also noted a community garden the developer promised is also under construction.

The Carolina is located on the south side of Airport Road, between N.C. 22 and Hardee Lane. In March, town leaders also approved a 36-lot preliminary plan.

Koontz said they have reached the 150-lot threshold that is the trigger point for traffic improvements. The developer is required to add a right turn lane on eastbound Airport Road, and Koontz said they also plan to create what he described as “symmetrical widening” which also adds a dedicated left turn lane on Airport Road.

In other business on Tuesday, the Southern Pines Town Council:

Appointed Melissa Hall and Paula Parke to three-year terms on the Southern Pines Appearance Commission

Approved an amendment to the town’s ordinances to allow alcohol sales and consumption in Downtown Park as part of a permitted Outdoor Special Event (OSE).

Scheduled a public hearing to consider an annexation request for a 15-acre tract located off Morganton Road. The tract is part of the larger property rezoned

Heard a request from resident Christine Ganis to eliminate the use of Round-Up herbicide, if applicable, along the town’s greenways and walking paths. Ganis said defoliants, like this weed killer, are potentially dangerous to pets and small children.

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