SMITHFIELD – A developer seeking approval for a new subdivision on NC Highway 210 in Smithfield will have to wait another month before learning whether or not it will be approved.
At the September 7th meeting of the Smithfield Town Council, Representatives with StrongRock Engineering presented plans for Marin Woods, a 143 lot subdivision on a 31.5 acre tract of land out of a 57 acre parcel owned by Keener Lumber Company. The property is just west of Skyland Drive.
The subdivision would consist of 49 detached single family homes and 94 townhomes, averaging 4.53 homes per acre. Single family home sizes would range from 1,600 to 3,200 square feet.
Like the recently approved Wade Park (Floyd Landing) subdivision, developers are asking the town to provide numerous variances to the Unified Development Ordinance. In this case, developers want nine variances including smaller lot sizes, setback requirements and street width.
The Town requires a minimum lot size of 8,000 square feet (0.18 acre) per home. Marlin Woods would have average lots of 5,882 square feet. Single family home lot widths would be 55 feet, while the town requires 70 feet. Front, side and rear setbacks would also be less than what the town stipulates.
UDO code requires a minimum of 30 feet between townhouses. The development is seeking 16 foot widths. The cul-de-sac length would also be 50 foot shorter than minimum town code.
However, some of the improvements exceeds minimum requirements including additional open space, enhanced street lighting, street trees, sidewalks on both sides of streets, recreational and architectural standards.
Planning Director Stephen Wensman said staff was concerned about the narrow lots, and limited parking. Mayor Andy Moore questioned the plans reliance of on-street parking. Only 24 off-street parking spaces are included in the master plan.
The Council tabled approval of the master plan until October to give the applicant time to meet with planning staff to attempt to work out some of their concerns.