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Southern Pines halts large developments

Posted May 14, 2008

— The Town Council on Tuesday enacted a one-year moratorium on large-scale developments to give officials time to review and possibly revise land-use rules.

The moratorium affects land north of Midland Road and west of U.S. Highway 1. Subdivisions with more than three homes and all planned-unit developments will be banned until until the moratorium is lifted.

The vote comes three months after the Town Council rejected plans for Pine Needles Village, a mixed-use project along Midland Road that would have included 832 homes and 400,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Some officials said the moratorium is needed so Southern Pines can use zoning and other measures to retain its appearance and identity. Mayor Mike Haney and other opponents said the moratorium will harm the town's long-term economic growth.


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  • apd475 May 14, 2008

    Southern Pines is far from quiet. Ever been to the west side??

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount May 14, 2008

    A lesson Raleigh never learned.

  • batcave May 14, 2008

    I really hope they don't screw up southern pines

  • Groovy May 14, 2008

    Amen silverdakota

  • Silver loves Rebel Red puppies May 14, 2008

    Good for Southern Pines! The place is a gem and they should very well take their time, because once the existing land is cleared for development, there's no way to put that back. And the last thing a quiet, beautiful place like that needs is sprawl.