Fayetteville City Council Update

The following agenda items were voted on by the Council as they pertain to the real estate industry.

*Rezoning of property from Office Institutional to Limited Commercial located at the intersection of McArthur Road and Stacy Weaver. The city’s paperwork does not state the commercial development. This rezoning PASSED.

*Annexation APPROVED along the western side of Ramsey Street, across from Slocomb Road and South of Wolfpoint drive. The property is 15.29 acres will be developed as commercial.

*APPROVED a conditional use zoning from Planned Neighborhood Development to Single-Family zoning for a 38 lot single family residential subdivision that is located at the end of Saddle Ridge Road. The property is 31.01 acres. Property is owned by Appleton South, LLC.

*Annexation APPROVED along the southern side of Hampton Ridge Road and adjacent to Kings Grant Subdivision. The property is 30.01 acres and is owned by Appleton South, LLC (Ralph Huff and David Vannoy, managers). The proposed development will have a low density residential subdivision consisting of 38 lots.

*APPROVED a Community Commercial Zoning for apartments and multi-use recreation facility. The property is located at the end of Jim Johnson Road and contains 69.94 acres. The property is owned by Charles Graham Johnson. The project title is the Cedar Creek Multi-Use Park.

*Annexation APPROVED along the southwestern side of Cedar Creek Road and Jim Johnson Road. The property is 72.91 acres and is owned by Charles Graham Johnson.

Cumberland County Commission Update

The following rezoning’s were voted on as they pertain to the real estate industry.

Wayne Younts Realty & Construction requested a rezoning from A1 Agricultural District to R40 Residential District for 35.83 acres. The property is located adjacent to Wade Stedman Road and Royal Williams Road. The planning board and staff recommended APPROVAL. The purpose of the rezoning is to create single family residential. The proposed rezoning was approved by county staff and the Cumberland County Joint Planning Board.

Commissioner Jeanette Council made a motion to deny the rezoning and it was seconded by Commissioner Tony Stewart. The motion passed UNANAMOUSLY and the rezoning failed.

Rezoning of 12.36 acres from A1 Agricultural District to Planned Commercial District or to a more restrictive zoning district, located east of Cedar Creek Road, north of Tabor Church Road. The rezoning would allow the property owners to develop the property with a commercial nonresidential use. This property aligns with Southeastern Cumberland Land Use Plan and falls within a Commercial Node.

Vote – the rezoning was denied

Reconsideration of 12.36 acres from A1 Agricultural District to Planned Commercial District. The property is located east of Cedar Creek Road, north of Tabor Church Road. The property will be used for a Family Dollar store. The property is not consistent with the Southeastern Cumberland Land Use Plan.

Motion: Jimmy Keefe made a motion to approve but the motion failed with Commissioners Council, Stewart, Evans and Adams voting in opposition. The rezoning FAILED.

PWC Update on Customer Rates

(from Public Works Commission memo)

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission took action Wednesday July 27 that maintains PWC’s current base electric rates, reduces customer fees, introduces optional electric rates that will offer customers’ choice and continue to support PWC conservation efforts as well as support economic development.

PWC’s NEW optional Whole Home/Business rate will provide additional incentive for off peak energy use by introducing a NEW SUPER-OFF-PEAK rate, that is 50% less that PWC’s current off-peak electric rate.


Super Off-Peak energy period will be available in February 2023.

Super Off-Peak is 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM

There are also NEW and cost saving changes to electric vehicles, renewable energy & economic development. To view the changes and to view the entire power point, please click the link below.

In other changes, PWC lowered fees for connection, reconnection and meter testing, passing along savings achieved by new technology and operations.

From Elaina Ball (PWC CEO/General Manager)PWC is pleased to be able to hold our customers’ base electric rates steady, reduce certain fees and offer NEW optional rates that can help customers save energy and money. Electricity use and technology are rapidly changing , and we are excited to provide options to our customers that will encourage the adoption of new technologies such as roof top solar and electric vehicles.

Town of Hope Mills Update

Town Manager Scott Meszaraos gave an update to Hope Mills Commissioners on the “State of the Town.” The following information was presented as it pertains to real estate.


Between the period of June 2021 through July 2022 there have been 10 voluntary annexations for commercial and residential development

*1,000 plus proposed single family residential development
*Multifamily development
*20 acres of industrial development
*Commercial development
*Total acreage = 397


The Town of Hope Mills has recently completed the second phase of an existing subdivision and has construction in 4 additional separate reidential communities. These are all subdivisions that are within Town limits and separate from recent annexations.

*Valley End 2 (completion)
*Preserve at Lake Upchurch Phase 3
*Sheffield Farms Phase 5
*Sweetwater Phase 1
*Georgetown Estates Phase 3

Commercial Development – recent commercial development

*2 Starbucks (standalone)
*Fit 4 Life Fitness Center
*TJ Robinson Life Center
*Dirty Whiskey Distillery
*2nd Jersey Mikes
*2nd Taco Bell
*Barbara Anns Chicken
*Mavis Tire

Industrial Development

Liberty Point – 77 acre development that consists of 3 separate proposed industrial operations. When completed, Liberty Point will consist with over 40 million square feet of industrial development.
Building 1 – United States Postal Service
Building 2 – permitted for construction
Building 3 – permitted for construction
The Town has also recently annexed a 30 plus acre industrial development in this area.

Community Meeting re: Gen X Next Week

You Don’t Want to Miss This
    Rep. John Szoka, 45th NC House District Cumberland County, North Carolina     Important Community Meeting Information Below I wanted to make certain that my constituents were aware of the upcoming meeting DEQ has scheduled. The details are below along with more information. The DEQ links to their websites have the “latest” updates and news regarding GenX and worth your time to review periodically.   I will be attending the meeting, hope to see you there.   John Szoka   Click this link to visit my NCGA Website. ‌  

DEQ hosting community information meeting July 26 in Fayetteville to discuss updates related to GenX and Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility    

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2022 Schedule: 5:30 pm Registration Meeting Begins: 6 pm Where: Crown Theatre / Crown Complex –1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville    

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host an in-person community information meeting on Tuesday, July 26, at the Crown Theatre, located in the Crown Complex at 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville to share information and answer questions about how the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released, lower health advisory for GenX impacts private drinking water well sampling in Bladen, Cumberland, Robeson and Sampson counties.   Along with well sampling information, DEQ’s air, water and waste management divisions will provide additional updates. Officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will provide an overview about potential health effects and ways to reduce exposure.   DEQ estimates more than 1700 additional private well users will now be eligible for whole-building filtration or connection to a public water supply.  

If you live near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility: Call Chemours at (910) 678-1101 to have your drinking water well sampled or for more information.   Information for residents in Bladen, Cumberland, Robeson and Sampson counties can be found at: https://deq.nc.gov/news/key-issues/genx-investigation/genx-information-residents. # # #

From NC REALTORS®…Remote On-Line Notarization Bill Signed by the Governor

Remote On-Line Notarization

Even with the legislature focused on a specific agenda, NCR was able to advance one of our top legislative priorities. House bill 776, Remote Online Notarization (RON), was signed into law by Gov. Cooper on July 8. North Carolina now joins 39 other states who have passed this necessary legislation that’s a reflection of the technology-based world we live in.

The pandemic highlighted the need to be able to notarize and safely sign documents electronically. The NCR lobbying team passed legislation during the 2020 session to allow real estate transactions to continue during the pandemic. Therefore, RON was allowed as a temporary solution. Once the temporary solution expired, NCR knew that this pandemic-driven necessity should become a permanent solution.

After months of negotiations and strategizing, a consumer, attorney and/or notary can now be in different locations and safely sign documents electronically. The passage of RON marks a major win for our industry.

Please stay turned for the July 22nd Advocate for the second part the legislative wrap-up.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Melton, Director Political and External Communications.