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Housing request debate

Paradise Lakes Community is submitting a request to develop 325 single-family residential lots between Webbs Road and Blades Trail in Denver.
A public hearing will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the James W. Warren Citizen Center to hear concerns.
Randy Hawkins, zoning administrator for Lincoln County, said he is expecting a lot of residents who live near the proposed subdivision to attend the hearing.
“We have had a few people call with some concerns,” Hawkins said. “The main concern is the traffic on Blades Trail since it is a winding road.”
Last February, developers presented the proposed subdivision, which includes 250 acres, but it never reached a final vote, Hawkins said.
He said he did not know why the public hearing was continued.
Bob MacLeod, developer of the subdivision, said the issue had been tabled due to some concerns with the economy.
“I think it is a better time now,” he said.
MacLeod said he has tried to address some of the concerns residents have, such as the problem with traffic.
“We are going to be putting in 45 lots per entrance,” he said. “This will minimize the impact.”
At the entrance of Webbs Road, 80 homes will be plotted. Burton Lane will have 70 lots at its entrance.
“This will cut the traffic in half,” he said.
If approved, the subdivision will take about five years to complete.
The development is located in the Catawba River Watershed. Roughly 30 acres will be designated for open space and will be developed for recreational purposes such as walking and biking trails, a children’s playground, an activity field and tennis courts.
MacLeod said it would take three to five months to approve the grading for the project.
His favorite aspect of the project is the two ski lakes. He expects it will take six to nine months to get them up and running.
To provide a water source for the ski lakes, a creek that runs under Blades Trail will be dammed up, he said.
“One of my primary desires is to get the ski lakes done,” MacLeod said. “I ski some competitively and it is hard to do it on Lake Norman.”
By the first of the year, MacLeod hopes to have lots available.
He chose Denver as the area to develop because he has lived here since 1977.
“This amount of land is necessary for this project and this would be difficult to find in Charlotte,” he said. “It would also be expensive.”
Paradise Lakes Community will be developed as an environmentally friendly community in accordance with the Lincoln County watershed ordinance.
After the public hearing Monday, the county’s planning board will decide on a recommendation to send to commissioners. They will consider the application at their June 21 meeting.by Amy Wadsworth

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