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Planners OK 88-lot tract

County Planning Board members voted to recommend approval of an 88-lot subdivision on Lake Norman Monday night, despite concerns from a number of residents.
The board voted 5-0 to recommend that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners approve the application from Robert Hecht to rezone 73 acres from Residential Single-Family to Conditional Use Planned Residential. Board member Jerry Geymont did not vote because of a conflict of interest.
The land is located on Burton Lane and Dellinger Road near the SailView subdivision.
Nine residents voiced concerns on issues ranging from traffic and safety to the environmental impact the subdivision could have.
“I’m already having to wait at the light at (N.C.) 73 two times,” said Michael Good, a Dellinger Road resident. “Right now we’ve already got too much traffic.”
Good and other residents also questioned how their property values and taxes would be affected by the new development.
The environmental impact and effect the subdivision could have on the shoreline of Lake Norman is also an issue, said Cynthia Jones, a resident and member of the Catawba Riverkeepers. Buffer laws and sedimentation controls should be examined, she said.
Resident Gilbert List, who also works in utilities for Charlotte-Mecklenburg, said he’s seen firsthand that plants are having to use more chemicals to treat polluted water. The reasons, he said, are water run-off and sedimentation.
Hecht, the developer, pointed to Stillwater, one of his previous projects. He said that residents nearby who initially opposed the development now say they’re pleased with the project.
“I live on the lake, I plan to live on the lake till I die,” Hecht said. “I don’t want to pollute it.”
Resident Gary Norwood said that while the development could be good for the neighborhood, it should be properly monitored.
The Planning Board approved Hecht’s rezoning request on the condition that he revise a figure used in determining a school contribution.
Hecht’s original proposal would have contributed $524 per student to Lincoln County Schools. Based on .35 children per single-family home, that would have totaled $16,139. New figures from the school system show the average to be .452 children per home.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will have the final say on the application April 19.
The Planning Board also voted unanimously to recommend approval of the following:
· An application from David Depree and David Wilson to rezone 2.1 acres from Transitional Residential (R-T) to General Business (B-G). The land is located at N.C. 73 and Pilot Knob Road.
· An application from Enrico Piraino and Giusto Piraino to rezone a .89-acre tract on N.C. 16 near Little Egypt Road from R-T to B-G.
· An application from Charles Ballard to rezone 1.98 acres from Residential Suburban to B-G. The property is located on N.C. 150 at Ivey Church Road.by Alice Smith

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