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Commissioners to reconsider Paradise Lakes

Developers of Paradise Lakes, the proposed 325-lot subdivision and water-skiing community in east Lincoln, are coming back with a new plan.
On Feb. 7 a public hearing on the new plan will be held at the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners meeting.
The new proposal was submitted in December but has been held off until now in order to give residents a chance to prepare.
If commissioners had not voted to postpone, the public hearing would have been held at the meeting on Jan. 3.
The new proposal reintroduces the subdivision with a new name, “Burton Creek,” and will not include any lakes.
The number of homes has also been increased from the original proposal of 325 to 470 homes. Of the 470 homes there will be 355 single-family detached homes including 95 patio homes on smaller lots. There will also be 115 townhomes included in the 470-home proposal.
“I think some of the neighbors are pleased that the lakes are not part of the proposal, but there are still concerns about traffic and the impact on the school system,” said Randy Hawkins, zoning administrator for the county.
The prices of the homes will range from $300,000 to $400,000 for the large lots; the medium lots will range from $200,000 to $300,000; the patio homes will average from $120,000 to $150,000, and the townhomes will be anywhere from $90,000 to $120,000.
Entrances to the subdivision will be off Burton Lane and Blades Trail.
This will be the third time that Bob MacLeod, developer of the project, has brought a plan before the commissioners. His original proposal was rejected by the commissioners due to concerns about added traffic and the security of the lake dams. The project was first presented in February of 2003.
MacLeod was told by commissioners that he would have to bring back the proposal without the lakes.
Developers have met several times with members of the community in east Lincoln to go over plans for the new subdivision, which will be one of the larger developments in east Lincoln county, if approved.
Hawkins said he is aware that MacLeod has also submitted a proposal in Catawba County for a subdivision with one ski lake, a plan which would include 50 homes.
Hawkins said he does not know the status on this proposal. by Amy Wadsworth

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