SP Planning Board in the Dark

The Southern Pines Planning Board continued its public hearing Thursday night even after a storm knocked out power in its meeting room.

A power outage caused by stormy weather Thursday evening left the Southern Pines Planning Board sitting in the dark.

Members were midway through a public hearing, ultimately offering their recommendation on a 4-1 split vote for an 8-unit townhome development proposed near downtown. The 1.10-acre lot is directly adjacent to the U.S. 1 service road, near the corner of West Wisconsin Avenue and West Iowa Avenue.

Land planner Bob Koontz presented plans on behalf of Mid State Development, LLC. The proposed Ivy Glen townhomes design includes two-unit pairings, each with a garage and a minimum of two parking spaces.

Once the power cut out, Southern Pines Planning Director BJ Grieve said the public hearing continued uninterrupted.

“Unfazed and undeterred, our Planning Board proceeded with an inspiring discussion sorting through and weighing a variety of complicated topics,” Grieve said. “The Board then worked through findings of fact and a recommendation to the Town Council, all by flashlight.”

He said the meeting was an example of the community commitment of the Planning Board members, who are all volunteers, and to the importance of the planning process.

“I know I speak for all Town staff when I say how proud we are to work with our many volunteer Board and Committees,” he said.

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