Carthage housing plans go back to the drawing board

The Town of Carthage voted to table the development proposal, Carriage Hills, at its March 15 meeting and to hear a revised proposal at its April 19 meeting. The board of commissioners advised developer Colin Webster of Grosvenor Properties, LLC to meet with the planning board and revise his plans.

The planning board rejected the proposed senior-living residential development between McNeill Street and Pinehurst Avenue. The planning board said the development proposed was not consistent with the 1999 Land Use Plan and not reflective of neighborhoods in the area.

The applicant wanted R10 zoning to allow for 54 homes on 15.76 acres when the site is currently zoned R20 for 27 homes. The proposed development is in the middle of two developments of single-family detached dwellings.

The planning board said each home in the proposed development accounted for six and a half car trips per day and did not fit with what was existing.

The planning board said the 15.76 acres would eventually be developed, but this plan was not in the best interest of the people because there was no room for recreation, sidewalks or walking trails. The board said it wants each development to offer a recreation space for its development.

Mayor Jimmy Chalflinch said he was for development, but homes were too close together at 15 feet apart.

The planning board discussed water drainage before announcing the rejection. The board said the area is not wetland soil and is suitable for development.

The landowner Willie Joe Vaughn said Carthage was progressive and needed to accept the offer to develop for the good of the town. He said each time they had a buyer for the property, its development was voted down.

“Me and my neighbors are going to be the ones to live next to it, not Mr. Vaughn,” resident Kim Livengood said about wanting the board to vote against the development.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Stephanie M. Sellers.

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