Surf City executives deny accepting more than 700 homes for development

After reviewing a request to bring hundreds of homes to Surf City and hearing residents’ concerns about it, officials rejected a developer’s plan.

The Surf City Planning Board recommends denial for Applewood Trace, a mixed-use neighborhood with plans for 714 units near the Turtle Creek Villages. If built, it would consist of single family homes, duplexes, townhouses and apartments occupying 194 acres near US 17 and NC 210.

Residents of Turtle Creek have expressed concern about traffic, increasing numbers of homeowners with children attending overcrowded schools, and environmental issues. It was originally part of the plans for the existing neighborhood, consisting of more than 70 houses. Due to the Great Recession and housing market setbacks in the 2000s, construction came to a halt. It was planned as a seven-phase project, with the current Turtle Creek being the first two.

Many residents were unaware after moving in. Abby Land, president of the Home Owners Association, shared a letter with local neighborhoods about the issue.

“The roads in Turtle Creek are already in dire need of repairs and will not be able to handle increased traffic or abuse from construction vehicles at the start of the project,” the council said. “Our schools certainly cannot accommodate the influx of students that will result from such an increase in added accommodation.”

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And after?

The idea was pitched by Logan Homes and McKim & Creed Inc., a Raleigh-based surveying and engineering firm. Surf City City Manager Kyle Breuer said they’ll have another shot at approval at the Oct. 4 city council meeting, which will include a public hearing.

“No development activity will proceed unless City Council votes to approve the conditional rezoning application,” Breuer said.

At a meeting in August, council members asked builders to have a limit of 350 homes, 364 less than what Logan Homes had asked for. But at the September meeting, Logan made the decision to stick with plans to have more than 700 units for the area adjacent to the end of Loggerhead Boulevard, stretching to the east of the US 17.

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The reduction request came on top of officials saying the site plan does not meet development requirements because it does not border NC 210 or US 17, as well as other buffering issues.

According to the firm, development could take seven years if approved. Construction would begin next year with plans for full construction by 2029. Officials at Logan Homes and McKim & Creed were unavailable to provide comment on Monday.

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