LEE COUNTY: Commissioners will consider master-planned community

Oct. 06, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

A 300-acre master-planned community in northern part of Lee County may be one step closer to fruition.

The Lee County Commissioners are set to vote on rezoning four parcels, located near Cumnock Road and the northern end of the U.S. 421 Bypass, for a "walkable, mixed-used area where residents can live, work, play, learn and shop on adjacent parcels"  during its 6 p.m. meeting Monday at the Lee County Government Center.

The rezoning requests, one for each of the four parcels of land, is being solicited by the Holly Springs-based company Village of Cumnock.

The Sanford-Lee County Planning Board recommended to rezone all four parcels and, if the commissioners approve the requests, the land could soon see 648 multi-family residential units, a public park, new industrial businesses and space dedicated to a school, if one is needed, according to the rezoning requests.

Other agenda items:

* Interlocal agreements between the city and the county: Representatives of the Sanford City Council and the Lee County Commissioners have met repeatedly throughout the year to address the interlocal agreements between the two bodies. The four agreements — Geographic Information Systems, Tax Collections, Inspection Services and Planning Services — scheduled to be discussed have been finalized and are the last of the interlocal agreements to be considered by both boards.  The arrangements to be voted on are the following:

GIS: The city will pay the county $79,695 quarterly for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Tax Collections: The city will pay 1 percent of the amount collected.

Planning Services: The county will pay the city 45 percent of the actual budget.

Inspection Services: The county will pay the city "an amount to 50 percent of the actual operating loss which will be calculated by subtracting the actual revenues from the actual expenditures."

*Purchase of the former Jonesboro library building: The old library building, located at 309 W. Main St., has been on the market for more than a year and Mary Dangerfield, CFO of WXKL 1290 AM Radio, has made an offer of $65,000 for the property. The current tax value is $125,000, and the county manager's recommendation is to accept the offer. The building would house the radio station, the "only black-owned gospel radio station in Lee County," and would address the company's goal of being "an active part of this community by supplying information, cooperation and good traditional gospel music."

* Presentation on Lee County's first Homeless Veterans Stand Down event: The Homeless Veterans Stand Down event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at the National Guard Armory, located at 2214 Nash St., The event will bring veterans and family members together and provide community resources needed to address individual needs and the "rebuilding" of veterans' lives.

*National Disability Employment Awareness Month: The commissioners will consider a proclamation to name October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month because workplaces welcome talented people, including those with disabilities, to create an "inclusive community and strong economy," according to the agenda.