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During the Oct. 26 Village of Pinehurst Council meeting, the council approved a 90-day extension to the current moratorium on real estate development activities in two specific geographic areas within the Village of Pinehurst: the Village Place/Rattlesnake Trail and Pinehurst South/Highway 5 Commercial Areas.

The moratorium was originally approved by Council in Feb. and was set to expire on Nov. 10. The extension will allow more time for small area plans and form-based codes to be developed that will ultimately result in new zoning regulations for each of the areas. The new expiration date for the moratorium is now Feb. 8, 2022.

The moratorium will continue to pave the way for development that’s aligned with the new visions established for these two Focus Areas in the Village of Pinehurst 2019 Comprehensive Plan, so both new and existing development can thrive.

“This extension is not intended to discourage development,” said Planning & Inspections Director Darryn Burich. “This temporary pause will allow Village staff time to fine tune and complete the small area plans.”

In October 2020, the Village contracted with Design Collective Inc., a planning consultant firm, to develop two Small Area Plans and recommend changes to the Village’s zoning ordinances. The moratorium is intended to last the duration of the small area planning process.

A third public workshop for the Small Area Plans will take place soon for residents to provide feedback on the recommended changes. Details on the public workshop will be posted at www.vopnc.org once dates and times are arranged.

For more information about the Small Area Plans project, please visit Engage Pinehurst.

For more information on the Village of Pinehurst Planning & Inspections Department, visit vopnc.org or call (910) 295-1900.


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