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Commissioners delay Paradise Lakes zoning

Commissioners Monday night tabled a request for a 325-lot development in eastern Lincoln County, choosing to reopen the public hearing to allow more information to be brought forward.
The June 7 public hearing on the proposed Paradise Lakes development was held in the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium because the turnout was so large.
Neighbors of the subdivision, which would border on Blades Trail, Burton Lane, Webbs Road and Sarah Drive, said they were concerned with traffic and dams built to create the proposed ski lakes.
The Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend commissioners approve the request with the condition that the applicant carry out one of three options: provide at least one additional street connection to Webbs Road; connect the streets serving the Lake II phase or the Lake II South Phase to the street serving the Webbs Road phase; or construct a sidewalk along Blades Trail.
County commissioners could have made a decision on the application Monday night, but Commissioner Tom Anderson said he’d like those who have “diligently looked at the issues” surrounding the development to have a chance to produce new information.
Kelly Atkins, the county’s director of Building and Land Development, said some of the neighbors have done further research into the proposed ski lakes. One resident even visited a similar development in Charleston, S.C., and that information could prove helpful when the board makes its decision, he said.
The public hearing will be held during the commissioners’ July 19 meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners Monday unanimously approved a different single-family subdivision in east Lincoln.
The rezoning will permit the development of 100 lots on 49 acres off Sifford Road and expand the existing subdivision, The Gates at Waterside Crossing.
The board did however place conditions on its approval. The developer must put up a temporary barricade between the new development and the existing subdivision to minimize the amount of construction traffic flowing through the residential area.
During the previous meeting, Planning Board members recommended approval of the application with the condition that a traffic study of the intersection of Sifford Road and N.C. 16 be conducted once the N.C. 16 by-pass is completed.
Commissioners voted 4-1 on the request, with Commissioner Larry Craig casting the vote against it.
Commissioners also approved requests from:
· B.R. Lee Industries to rezone land on Blackwood Road from Residential and Commercial Recreational to General Industrial.
· Kenneth McCurry and Troy Motz to place doublewide mobile homes on seven lots on 20 acres off McCorkle Road.by Alice Smith

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