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County to hear zoning requests

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

Lincoln County’s Planning Board and County Commissioners will listen to various zoning requests during their Feb. 3 meeting. The first request, from SHEA Homes Limited Partnership, has created significant controversy in the Denver community. SHEA Homes is requesting a rezoning of approximately 600 acres from a Conditional Use Planned Development Residential to Planned Development-Residential to permit a development with up to 1,650 single-family attached and detached homes. The Times-News previously reported that the majority of the homes would be restricted to adults aged 55 and older, but would permit residents of all ages in up to 300 homes. Opponents of the “adult active lifestyle community” proposal have expressed concerns regarding the potential spike in traffic the development could produce, overwhelming the transportation infrastructure. The property is located on the south side of N.C. 73 and the west side of Little Egypt Road in the Catawba Springs Township. In addition to their rezoning request, SHEA Homes is also requesting a zoning vested right for a five-year period to construct the residential development.
Applicants Kenneth and Ginger Dogin are requesting a conditional use permit to host weddings and other special events in the Transitional Residential district.  The 6.7–acre site is located on the south side of Asbury Church Road, about 300 feet west of Old Mill Road in the Ironton Township. Applicant Pure Waterman, LLC is also interested in property located in the Ironton Township. Pure Waterman, LLC is requesting a rezoning of 0.73 acre from Transitional-Residential to Office Residential. The property is located at 3813 N.C. 73, about 800 feet east of Amity Church Road in the Ironton Township.
County Commissioners will also listen to a rezoning request from applicant Janet Cox. Cox is requesting a rezoning of .95 acre from Residential Single-Family to Office Residential. The property is located at 4287 N. N.C. 16 Highway, about 500 feet south of Mundy Road in the Catawba Springs Township.
Diamond Towers, IV, LLC is requesting a conditional use permit to erect a 250-foot wireless telecommunications tower in the Residential Single-Family district. The proposed 53-acre site is located at 1268 Owls Den Road, about one mile south of Reepsville Road in the Howards Creek Township.
The public hearing will be held at the Citizens Center in Lincolnton on Feb. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in more information prior to the hearing should contact the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Department at (704) 736-8440.

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