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Cline Farm subdivision proposes to keep farm feeling

A 286-acre tract on Reepsville Road could become one of the county’s newest planned districts and include estate lots, a commercial village and condos.
But what makes this development different, the developer and county officials say, is the large amount of open space, scenic vistas and recreational opportunities that come along with it.
A public hearing will be held at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting on an application from the C Group, Inc. to rezone the land from Residential Single-Family to Planned Mixed Use. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center.
The C Group is made up of Larry and Ann Clark and their son, Larry Clark Jr. Ann Clark grew up on the land, located just west of the city’s water plant, as did her father and grandfather, according to a report from the developer.
If approved by commissioners, the development, to be known as Cline Farm, will offer estate lots for single family residences, village lots for village and twin houses and condominiums. The village lots and condos will be designed and marketed as an adult neighborhood.
Of the 286 acres, about 130 are set aside as common open space, said Kelly Atkins, director of Building and Land Development. County regulations state that planned districts must have 12 percent of the total land as open space. Cline Farm’s open space accounts for nearly half of its total acreage.
“He’s gone way above and beyond (the requirement) with the common open space,” Atkins said.
The C Group plans to provide trails, picnic areas, ball fields, a fishing and boating pond and a recreational center which would include a clubhouse, tennis court, community pool and playground. There are also plans to preserve existing farm structures, continue to harvest hay and replicate the farm “sense of place,” according to the report.
Area school children will be invited to take field trips to the area to explore the environment that includes rivers, creeks, wetlands, meadows, flood plains, ponds, trees and rock outcroppings.
Cline Farm’s layout is different than other subdivisions in Lincoln County, Atkins said. There are alleys and cul-de-sacs with medians that will naturally decrease speeds within the subdivision, which allows for better traffic flow.
And the commercial village will have typical 8,000-square-foot stores, Atkins said.
“It almost gives you every component possible of a true mixed-use district,” he said.
About 46 school-age children are expected to reside in the 108 homes built on the estate lot, the report states. C Group will donate $220 per lot for each lot sold to a non-Lincoln County resident.
There is some concern about the impact the development will have on the intersection of Reepsville Road and Startown Road, Atkins said. According to a traffic analysis, the southbound lane of Startown Road is expected to experience long delays during peak hours after the development is completely built out. The Planning Board and/or commissioners could make improvements to that intersection as a condition if warranted.
The community is expected to be built in six phases over 10 years.
Residents can tell the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners what they think of the application during Monday’s public hearing. The Planning Board will decide whether to recommend approval or denial of the rezoning, and commissioners could make a final decision May 17.by Alice Smith

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