The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners convened with the planning board Monday evening to preside over several zoning hearings at the top of the night’s agenda.

The first request submitted seeks approval of a preliminary plat review and sketch plan for a 14-lot residential subdivision with new public roads. The proposed 23.5-acre site is located on N.C. 73, across the street from Sharon Baptist Church.

If approved, the lots would be served by individual wells and septic systems, and street trees would be required on both sides of the new roads associated with the subdivision. The project also calls for each individual lot to measure more than an acre.

Another request, which involves several different parcels of land, seeks a conditional-use permit to operate a ready-mix concrete plant on 14.4 acres on Sugar Wood Lane, near the Balsom Ridge Business Park in Denver. Sugar Wood Lane is a private road and the proposed site is currently vacant.

M.C Schroeder Company requested the rezoning of 2.2 acres from neighborhood business to general business. The subject property is on North Pilot Knob Road, across the street from Salem United Methodist Church in Denver.

A 7,600-square-foot office building exists on the property, and the applicant has plans to build another office building, if approved. 

The final rezoning request of consequence was submitted by Lyfe Marine, Inc., requesting the rezoning of a half-acre lot from neighborhood business to conditional zoning-general business to permit retail sales -- including the sale of boat lifts and other marine products with outdoor display and storage -- as well as a contractor’s office. The subject property is on N.C. 16 Business, near the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office location in Denver. 

If approved, an existing 1,920-square-foot commercial building will be utilized, and a 600-square-foot storage building would be built behind it. 

The commissioners will cast the deciding votes on the aforementioned requests Monday, Feb. 17 during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

In other county business, the board awarded the county’s industrial incentive grant to three existing Lincoln County industries. In total, the three companies will invest just shy of $27.5 million into their local facilities, creating more than 40 new jobs in the process.

The first grant was awarded to Mid-Atlantic Roofing, which utilizes its plant in eastern Lincoln County to manufacture parts for the roofing industry. The company plans to invest $4.3 million in construction and equipment at a second location on Quarry Lane, which will lead to the creation of 10 new jobs. In return, the county will provide Mid-Atlantic Roofing with $16,527 per year over a five-year period in the form of a refund on the taxes paid by the company.

KACO USA, which manufactures oil seals for the automotive industry at its Lincolnton plant, was also awarded the county’s incentive grant. The company will invest $2.3 million in equipment and machinery, creating three new jobs, while the county will provide KACO with $6,392 annually over a five-year period upon completion of the project. 

The most significant of the three grants was awarded to a company that has yet to be named publicly, pending approval from the state of North Carolina. The company, which is an existing Lincoln County industry, plans to invest $20.7 million into expanding its current facility, which will result in the creation of 28 new jobs. In return, the company will receive $66,241 annually over five years from the county.  

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will meet again Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Administration Office at 353 North Generals Boulevard. 

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