Commissioners voted to deny the request below. Commissioner Bobby Wright the only vote to pass the rezoning.
Developer – Harold Kidd with Upland Partners submitting the request
Developer wanted to rezone to Residential R8 which would have allowed for lots of a minimum of 8,000 square feet. The land will stay currently Residential Agriculture 20 which allows for lots of a minimum 20,000 square feet.
RA 20 = 170 – 290 homes
Developer request R8 = 352 homes
The property is located on the former Upland Trace golf course. Arabia residents spoke in opposition as well as the Hoke County District Attorney.
What Was Said:
Harold Kidd – The land meets all the requirements that I know of for an R8, and I believe it initially the planning staff recommended approval. Naturally, we went before the planning board, and it was denied. I wanted to point out that in order to be in that area, in that urban service what planning to do. To put in a lift station and to pump the sewage to that plant from that site will run in the neighborhood of $1.3 million. We were willing to do that, and everything would have to be done by requirements of the utilities commission as well as what the county indicates that they need.
(some information was obtained from The News Journal of Raeford)