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To review the latest version of the Comp Plan, visit the page dedicated to the Adoption Draft of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan. There is a spot there to leave your feedback and ask any questions.

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To review the latest version of the Comp Plan, visit the page dedicated to the Adoption Draft of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan. There is a spot there to leave your feedback and ask any questions.

Please share with your friends and family so that everyone has a voice in deciding what the future of the Village of Pinehurst will be!

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    I'm sorry that I was not able to attend the Planapalooza event due to a previously scheduled out-of-town commitment. I just reviewed the final presentation, and I support the idea of conservation neighborhoods. Likewise, the concepts for the "missing middle' housing neighborhoods are very attractive and much needed for our area. I could not tell from the presentation what "mixed used center" and "mixed use center conditional" entails; however, I assume that these are "live/work" neighborhoods that would be of medium to high density. These centers were shown on the map to appear in the area around Pinehurst and the ETJ that makes up the Drowning Creek watershed which is designated WS-II, a high quality watershed used for drinking water supply. Development in this area is limited by state law. Could you provide feedback on the descriptions of "mixed use" and "mixed use conditional" and whether environmental considerations such as watershed restrictions have been considered in the designing process? Thank you.

    KimberlyAnn asked almost 2 years ago

    Dear Kimberly Ann,

    Thank you for submitting your question and reviewing the Work in Progress Presentation from Planapalooza.  The "Conservation Neighborhood" idea presented was a general concept that has not yet been fully vetted by the community, our consultants, or Village staff.  Our consultant recommended a potential location for such a neighborhood, but at this point of the planning process the specific location shown is not really important.  Rather, we are looking for feedback on the concept in general to determine if the community feels this could be a strategy to preserve the rural setting of the majority of the ETJ in the face of development pressures. As you stated, the concept is a “mixed use center” that is denser in the center (like the Village Center) and gets less dense as you move out from the center.  Mixed use centers contain a variety of uses such as retail, restaurant, office/professional, and residential uses all in one central location (or a “live/work” setting). A mixed use conditional district simply means that any developer and the Village Council would have to jointly and voluntarily agree to place certain conditions on the development.  These conditions could include a certain % of land is dedicated to open space or any other condition voluntarily agreed to by both parties.  You are correct that the area our consultant chose to place the conservation neighborhood in the ETJ for illustration purposes only does lie in a watershed protection area.  Therefore, watershed protection would definitely be a development consideration for this location should a developer request to develop this land as a conservation neighborhood and if the Village Council approved of such a development. I hope this answers your questions and we appreciate your interest in our planning process.  I encourage you to remain informed and engaged throughout the remainder of our long range planning process.

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    I am a property owner that is within the requested ETJ of Pinehurst. I wonder why I read in the newspaper that my property and the road that I live on belongs to Pinehurst. Rt. 211 and 15/501 belong to the state of NC and Moore County. I understand the desire to control the appearance of the roads leading into Pinehurst, however I find it offensive to have Pinehurst make a claim on these areas as their own. I also find it offensive to have Pinehurst make an ETJ request without engaging with the involved landowners. This shows a lack of respect for the property owners involved. During the planning committee hearing there was an arrogance portrayed by the Pinehurst presentation. I am very disappointed in the handling of this situation. If you want my support for your request, there will need to be a substantial change in the attitude and behavior regarding the key constituents being asked to accept your jurisdiction request.

    dgarges asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for submitting your question about the ETJ expansion area.  I am not able to tell what your address is from your message, so I am not clear where your property is actually located.  I am sorry that you are offended and do not feel engaged as a land owner in ETJ request area.  Because you and others feel that way, the Village has asked the Moore County Commissioners to NOT hear our request at this time and rather wait until we have an opportunity to adequately engage you and other property owners in the requested ETJ area.  We realize there is a lot of confusion and questions that need to be addressed and answered first.  This will take time and we are committed to putting forth the effort to ensure that we fully understand your concerns and the concerns of your neighbors.  Please feel free to email me personally at nhawkins@vopnc.org or give me a call at 910-295-1900 and I will be happy to speak with you directly.

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    Can you tell me when there will be discussion around Residential Planning and Architectural Code, Appearance and Governance? I moved here from another Fredrick Law Olmstead designed village, Glen Ellyn, IL, a suburb of Chicago. They are a good example of a village that observed and learned from the mistakes of surrounding villages such as Hinsdale, IL when substandard and oversized McMansions were built on lots overshadowing smaller residential homes. I am becoming alarmed at the cheap residential construction being slapped up along Morganton road just before 15-501. The developers and realtors don't care - its all short term gain for them $. I'd like to be involved in these discussions so please let me know. In the meantime here are some useful links to Glen Ellyn's codes. Glen Ellyn Planning and Development Department is responsible for coordinating, reviewing and monitoring private and public developments, and administering codes associated with development and building safety http://www.glenellyn.org/Planning/PlanningCodes.html http://www.glenellyn.org/Planning/Documents/8-1-07%20ARC%20Resource%20File.pdf

    Marianne asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question and for the information you provided on Glen Ellyn, IL.  We will review this information and see if there is anything we can learn from them.

    Strategies to address residential planning, architectural code, appearance, and governance will be discussed during the upcoming Envision the Village public meetings which include the August 29th Visioning Sessions (10:00 am or 6:30 pm at Village Hall – 395 Magnolia Road) and the September 19th -24th Planapalooza event.  Stay tuned at www.envisionthevillage.com as more details on these events will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

    As you may imagine, development laws vary from state to state.  In Pinehurst, we are prohibited by state law (Session Law 2015-86) from regulating building design elements for one and two-family dwellings unless the home is located in our Local Historic District or is a designated historic structure.  These laws went into effect in 2015 and in many cases NC cities and towns have been forced to loosen their regulations as a result. 

    Infill on previously platted lots, such as those on Morganton Road, are permissible as long as they meet the Village’s zoning requirements and are constructed according to state building code standards. Per Session Law 2015-86, the Village is no longer able to regulate aesthetic items such as paint colors, materials, architecture, design layouts, etc. unless the home is located in the Village’s Local Historic District.

    Again, thank you for your question, which is one we believe many other residents may have as well. We fully expect this topic will be heavily discussed over the next several months as we strive to identify ways we can ensure quality development within our existing legal framework. Examples of strategies used in other communities, such as Glen Ellyn possibly, may help us do just that.  We encourage you to remain an active and engaged participant in this planning process as it unfolds.