Plan For 7-Lot Subdivision Off NC 210 Shot Down

SMITHFIELD – The Town Council decided not to approve the plan put forth by CMH Homes Inc. for a 4.85-acre tract at the intersection of NC 210 and Galilee Road adjacent to West Smithfield Elementary School because it’s not in keeping with the town’s current Comprehensive Plan, which calls for commercial or institutional use of the site.

Planning Director Stephen Wensman had recommended approval along with a change in the Comprehensive Plan to encourage residential development of the site. The reason for making that change, he said, is the unavailability of county sewer service – a situation that arose recently when Elk Creek, a much larger subdivision nearby, “used up” the area’s sewer capacity, he noted.

Mr. Wensman said single-family houses dependent on septic tanks rather than public sewerage would be more appropriate than commercial development there.

But council members, led by David Barbour, held firm to the idea that the intersection remains attractive for commercial projects. If a major prospect came along, he said, the county “would move heaven and earth” to provide sewer service that’s presently lacking. The council’s vote was 6-0 against the CMH Homes plan.

– Story courtesy The Smithfield Weekly Sun


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