ONLINE UPDATE: County commissioners table Porters Neck mixed use

by Cole Dittmer
Monday, March 10, 2014

After New Hanover County Board of Commissioners vice chairman Beth Dawson raised a question about the integrity of the development plans presented for the mixed use development proposed for Porters Neck Road, the applicant for the development requested to postpone the vote. 

The developer, ACI Pine Ridge LLC, was present at the board's Monday, March 10, meeting to request a special use permit for the inclusion of residential use in a lot solely zoned for business and commercial uses. 

Dawson voiced concerns that the plans for the mixed use development, which is proposed to include 273 multifamily residential units and 40,000 square feet on non residential space, were not final plans and not certified by a licensed engineer. 

Neil Shepherd, the principal at Blue Ridge Engineering and the project engineer, said the drawings and site plans were marked as conceptual and were not the final plans. Shepherd said those final building plans would come later but Dawson said the board should be able to review the final plans before approving a Special Use Permit to allow residential uses. 

“This board is being asked by you guys to approve a final decision but in order to make well-informed decisions we require the complete and certified documents,” Dawson said.

After her request Matt Nichols, the attorney representing ACI Pine Ridge LLC, said the development team would prefer to postpone the vote until a later date so that the team could gather additional documentation and certified plans.

Prior to Dawson’s comments a few of the many Porters Neck residents present at the meeting voiced their concerns about the development in the public hearing segment. Those concerns included the possible traffic impacts and the fact that the developer had originally only proposed to build commercial uses.


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