The town council approved two special use permits Monday. One allows construction of a 92-lot subdivision south of Rand Road. The other will put new buildings for Verizon, Jimmy John’s and Mattress Warehouse at Timber Drive and U.S. 70.
The new retail construction will consist of three one-story buildings on the undeveloped southwest corner of the intersection, across Timber Drive from the Chick-fil-A. The architecturally-similar light-colored brick buildings with canopies and lots of windows will back up to the Greenbrier subdivision, with a 45-foot buffer between any development and the homes.
The planning commission unanimously voted to recommend the permit, and noted the plan was consistent with regulation and the town’s growth plan.
Approval for the subdivision – located off Rand Road with Aroborgate Road serving as the entrance – required rezoning. While both the current and requested zoning fell in a residential R-12 category, the developer wanted a subclassification that allowed slightly smaller homes to be built.
The town approved the change in zoning, which effectively reduced the required heating square footage from 2,200 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Developers noted that houses in the area fit the profile of what they plan to build. They also said the market has changed since the zoning was established, making the alteration necessary.
“There’s a market for 2,200 square feet, but you’re going to sell one a month. For an investment like this, you need to move a minimum of two a month,” developer Fred Stancil said at the meeting.
The move also had the effect of removing requirements of a 36-square-foot covered porch, of a 120-square-foot screened porch or unheated sunroom, and that the façade to be at least 80 percent brick.
Site planner Keith Roberts said the houses would not be built on the cheap, and that his houses typically command an above-average price per square foot. He anticipates the houses would start at $200,000. Stancil said working people would make up the target market, naming fire, law enforcement, teachers and car mechanics.
The 92 houses will have one-and-a-half or two stories, and Stancil and Roberts said they’d aim to build the whole project at one time rather than house by house. Most of the neighborhood will have a wooded buffer as well as a creek separating the subdivision.
Town staff also determined the subdivision fit with the town’s comprehensive growth plan.
The town also could soon annex some new land. The town will investigate adding a 5.67 acre stretch at 125 Timber Drive East along with the White Deer Park Greenway. The council authorized staff to investigate the idea of annexing the land right on the town limits border.
That land will become a 48-unit senior apartment community, with construction starting soon according to the annexation staff report.
The town will also examine adding a 35.6 acre plot between White Deer Park and Timber Drive, just west of Blanton Street. The land would include the White Deer Park Greenway that connects the park to the sidewalk on the south side of Timber Drive.