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Rezoning for camping in county spotlight

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County commissioners will conduct two zoning public hearings on proposals that could lead to a new campground in the county’s southwestern corner during tonight’s meeting.
They will also discuss a proposal for incentives to construct Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) industrial and commercial office buildings.
First on the agenda is a hearing on a request to rezone three acres of property, located on the south side of Maybank Lane and about 1,000 feet west of June Bug Road in Howards Creek Township, from residential single-family to rural-residential.
The applicant plans to split the property off from a 14.3-acre tract under the provisions for a family subdivision. Planning staff recommends approval, noting that the subject property adjoins land that is zoned rural-residential, according to submitted documents.
Commissioners will also hear a request for a conditional-use permit to operate a campground in the rural-residential district. The 33-acre parcel is located on Zion Hill Road in North Brook Township, about 1,000 feet north of the Gaston County line. It is surrounded by property zoned rural-residential.
Applicant Todd Black is proposing to develop the project in phases, according to documents. His plan includes up to 88 spaces for recreational vehicles and 35 sites for tents, as well as amenities such as a picnic shelter and amphitheater.
Also at tonight’s meeting, commissioners will discuss incentives for the construction of LEED-certified buildings.
In a memo to County Manager George Wood, Kelly Atkins, director of the Planning and Inspections Department, said “the best way to incentivize industrial and office commercial projects is to offer building permit refunds and/or water and sewer refunds as the primary incentives.”
He has been working in conjunction with Principal Planner Randy Williams, commissioner George Arena and Wood over the past few months to determine how best to encourage LEED projects in Lincoln County.
Commissioners will also consider a request from Howards Creek Volunteer Fire Department, asking for a franchise for Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Plus.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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