Board OKs rezoning of Cumnock properties

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Lee County Commissioners unanimously voted to rezone four tracts of land — totaling more than 300 acres in the northern part of Lee County — for a master-planned community Monday night.

Several aspects of the "walkable, mixed-use area where residents can live, work, play, learn and shop on adjacent parcels" will be brought back before the commissioners for final approval, according to Sanford-Lee County Planning Department Director Bob Bridwell during the 6 p.m. meeting at the Lee County Government Center.

The four parcels of land, all owned by Holly Springs-based company Village of Cumnock, could soon see nearly 650 multi-family residential units, a public park and retail and industrial businesses. 

Commissioner Robert Reives said he was concerned about the projects because a traffic count had not been conducted for Cumnock Road in 10 years, and this development would drastically alter this area. Bridwell said the N.C. Department of Transportation would force the developer to have a traffic study and analysis done of the entire property before approving any road changes.

In other matters, Commissioners:

* Proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

* Approved four interlocal agreements with the city of Sanford for tax collections, geological information system, planning services and inspection services.

* Heard a presentation from Leon Jackson about the Homeless Veterans Stand Down event scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, located at 2214 Nash St.

* Approved a bid of $65,000 on the old Jonesboro library building, located at 309 W. Main St.

* Discussed the impact of the federal government shutdown on Lee County.

* Sang happy birthday for Commissioner Amy Dalrymple's birthday.