Zoning

A five-lot commercial subdivision, including a 7-Eleven, will be built on a 10.9-acre parcel on the west side of N.C. 16 Business. 

LINCOLNTON – While the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal will be the primary focus of the Monday, June 3, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting, hearings will also be held regarding a number of zoning cases countywide.

In the Denver area, H&A Investors is requesting to amend the phasing of a preliminary plat/sketch plan for a five-lot commercial subdivision to be built on a 10.9-acre parcel on the west side of N.C. 16 Business, where the highway intersects Webbs Road.

The original plan, approved by commissioners in February, indicated that the subdivision would be built in a single phase. If approved, the amendment would permit the applicant to develop the subdivision in two phases.

Under the proposed amendment, the first phase would include the construction of a 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner lot of the development. The store would be serviced by county water and sewer, and be accessed via N.C. 16 Business, initially.

Phase two would include development of the remaining four lots, which would be served by a private septic system and require extending the existing county water line, as well as construction of internal roads.

The board will also hear a request from Dean Fisher, owner of Lake Norman Custom Dock, to rezone 6.2 acres fronting N.C. 16 Business, north of Webbs Road, from residential-single family to conditional zoning general business.

If approved, Fisher plans to construct a 4,800-square-foot multi-tenant building, which would house his own company, as well as other marine- and contractor-related businesses. A site plan submitted with Fisher’s application shows a product display area near the front of the site, with a screened area for storage and vehicle parking behind the building.

A pair of requests from Iron Station, a town that bridges the gap between Lincolnton and Denver in eastern Lincoln County, also will be brought before the board.

The first involves a request for preliminary plat/sketch plan approval for a 24-lot residential subdivision with new roads on a 22.3-acre parcel on the west side of Union Church Road, north of its intersection with Gateway Lane and Arbor Hills Drive. If approved, the lots would be served by individual wells and septic systems.

The other, which is a request for a conditional-use permit, would allow for the construction of a facility to host weddings and other events on a 135-acre lot on the northern side of N.C. 73 near Amity Church Road. A 10,000-square-foot event center is proposed for the site, with a pond/water feature also included on the site plan.

The board will also consider a pair of amendments to the Lincoln County Unified Development Ordinance proposed by the county’s planning and inspections department.

The first would require site improvements or amenities, such as a pool or clubhouse, that are part of a planned development to be constructed with the first phase of the project or by the platting of 25 percent of the proposed lots. The amendment would also require monetary funding of off-site road improvements or donations of land for schools or parks prior to the platting of the first phase of development.

The other amendment would require an undisturbed buffer of at least 20 feet along all project boundaries of a planned residential development. The proposal is aimed at protecting existing trees by preventing developers from grading sites all the way to the project’s boundaries. The minimum buffer width is 10 feet currently, but developers are allowed to grade that buffer area and replant small trees.

The June 3 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Administration Office, 353 N. Generals Blvd., Lincolnton.

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