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Controversial Development Rules Pass in Southern Pines

Posted May 9, 2007

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— A new development ordinance approved Tuesday by the Southern Pines Town Council has some residents up in arms.

The ordinance creates a zoning for planned-unit developments, or PUDs, which allow developers to build homes, stores and offices inside a single high-density zone.

A group that opposes the ordinance said it would open the town to explosive development. Members called for a local development moratorium until officials could update the local land development plan.

A developer interested in building a PUD on almost 600 acres off U.S. Highway 1and other supporters of the new ordinance said the plan would give the town more control over what is built in a development than current ordinances allow.


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  • yukonjohn3 May 11, 2007

    Things are starting to heat up in northern Moore County also. Southern Pines IS out of control. I live in Fairbanks, Alaska, but grew up in West End. What a difference over the last 25 years coming back home and seeing all the sprawl. I sure wish it would have never been discovered, but I guess change is inevitable.

  • yacs May 9, 2007

    Whack those PUDs, Southern Pines!

  • Rolling Along May 9, 2007

    On the surface sounds like a good plan...at least better than the ungodly sprawl that is currently favored.

  • erggggg May 9, 2007

    so pines and the whole southern moore county area is exploding regardless of these rules

  • chargernut69 May 9, 2007

    I guess they don't read the news about Wake County....

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