Long range land use plan under review

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A comprehensive long range land use plan adopted by the town board in 2012 has been on the shelf collecting dust since its adoption, but now the current board has it back on the table.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the plan is being reviewed now with the idea of updating it.

“A lot of things that were outlined in that original plan have now been done and a lot of the goals accomplished, but there have been changes over the years and the plan sort of got put on the back burner,” Brown said.

“We are now facing issues that were hinted at in the original plan. Country Club Road, (N.C.) Highway 55, Smith Chapel Road and Lee’s Country Club Road were all identified in that plan as transportation areas of concern for the future. That future is here now,” he added. “The interchange at Country Club Road is well underway to being completed. There will be a completely redesigned Highway 55 at 117, and an interchange at Lee’s Country Club Road and Smith Chapel Road.”

He went on to say that those transportation areas of concern are now becoming a reality.

“It may not happen in our lifetime, but sometime in the next 30 years the town is going to have to deal with it and deal with finding the means to provide the infrastructure to deal with an explosion of growth,” Brown said.

“Inevitably, there will be growth at those interchanges, and the town has got to plan now on how to deal with that,” he added.

Town leaders look to schedule sessions with a planner from the East Carolina Council and look at ways to update the existing long range land use plan.

He concluded in saying, “It is something we must deal with now as we move forward.”

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