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Commissioners approve 88-lot tract

A contested 88-lot subdivision on Lake Norman won county commissioners’ approval Monday, but not before the board tacked several conditions onto the plans.
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of 73 acres on Burton Lane and Dellinger Road to allow Robert Hecht to develop a major subdivision.
The board placed four conditions on the approval:
· The per-student contribution to Lincoln County Schools will be revised to reflect current figures.
· The developer must submit an erosion control study that satisfies the county’s Technical Review Committee. The committee must submit a report on how the rules will be enforced.
· An analysis of the cove will be done to determine water quality now, and recurring studies will be done over a five-year period to see how the development has impacted the water.
· The traffic study will be extended to the intersection of N.C. 16 and Webbs Road.
The road to approval was bumpy, with the application gaining a recommendation for approval from the county’s Planning Board despite opposition from neighbors.
Some residents also spoke during the public comment part of Monday night’s meeting.
Resident Lloyd Dellinger urged board members to consider the long-term impact of the development on the water quality in the area.
Cynthia Jones, a member of the Lincoln Natural Resources Committee, asked commissioners to look at the whole area around the county’s water intake system, including Cindy Lane and Tree Farm Road. She said environmental controls should be enacted in that area of the county.
“If we don’t do it before the development starts, we’re going to have a lot of expenses later,” Jones said.
Commissioner Tom Anderson said he was concerned that construction traffic would have more of a negative impact on the environment than the development once it’s built.
Anderson said he believes the subdivision will be an asset to Lincoln County, but he feels the county is not at the point to answer questions about water quality raised by residents.
“Water quality seems to be one that we really don’t have an answer to yet,” he said.
Loose ends like water quality and erosion control should be tied up, he said, recommending a baseline water quality study to be performed before development, and a recurring study that will happen at least twice a year until the development is completed.
· Commissioners also heard from resident Michael Good, who said he was concerned about the county’s Planning Board.
Attention has been focused on the board since the resignation of member Dan Tritt because of “contention” with other members.
Good said the county made a mistake by asking for Tritt’s resignation.
“Dan Tritt was the only member to open the planning book,” he said. “He was removed because members had other plans that night.”
Good said the county should take growth and water quality seriously.
In other business, commissioners:
· Tabled a zoning request from Enrico Piraino and Guisto Piraino until more specific plans and information about traffic flow are made available. The applicants want to rezone a .89-acre parcel on N.C. 16 near Little Egypt Road from Transitional Residential to General Business.
· Heard an update on the Mountain Island Educational State Forrest from Laura Shidal.
· Unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding for the county’s transition to a consolidated transportation system for Lincoln County.
· Discussed the legality of restricting door-to-door sales. Some commissioners said they had received complaints about such salesmen. County Attorney Jeff Taylor was instructed to look into the matter.

by Alice Smith

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