The request for new subdivision rezonings normally raise eyebrows in Lincoln County. For many such requests represent more stress on their communities â€” another neighborhood going up in areas that donâ€™t have adequate roads, schools, water or sewer. But one of the latest offerings is something different, a breath of fresh air. A tract of nearly 300 acres on Reepsville Road known as Cline Farm could become a showpiece instead of a headache. At least, it sounds good.
The applicants who recently won approval for their project from the planning board are developing a tract that promises to blend in with the rural setting in western Lincoln County. It will include modern residential structures, condominiums and a commercial village. But in this offering the developer doesnâ€™t cram it all in one small space, as weâ€™ve seen elsewhere. Of the 286 acres, about 130 are set asides as common open space. The plans call for trails, a picnic area, ball fields and a fishing pond. Existing farm structures will be preserved. Designated cul-de-sacs with medians will naturally decrease speeds in residential areas.
Randy Hawkins, the countyâ€™s zoning administrator, said the planned district submitted to his office â€œis one of the bestâ€ heâ€™s ever seen. â€œItâ€™s environmentally sensitive and aesthetically sensitive.â€
The Planning Board voted 6-0 to approve the application without any conditions. The Board of Commissioners is expected to make its decision on the zoning request later this month.
If itâ€™s as good as it sounds, approval should come quickly for this rare occasion when the developer is showing sensitivity to the community environment instead of indifference.