Council Oks contentious subdivision and hears landfill talk
From the April 22 edition of the Laurinburg Exchange:
Council OKs contentious subdivision
The Laurinburg City Council approved plans for a new 86-home subdivision in two votes despite a number of residents lobbying against the measure.
In front of a packed room, the board unanimously approved an ordinance rezoning the 44-acre tract of land on Emily Drive from Residential-15 to Residential-6 and approved a conditional use permit subdividing the property by a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Herbert Rainer opposing the measure.
Property owner Daniel Barringer told council that he had bought the property across the street from his father's house because he was afraid that someone else might purchase the land and develop it in a way contrary to what's already there, single-family housing.
Richard Boles, a resident of College Park subdivision and spokesman for those opposed, doubted Barringer could sell the homes and that renters would move in.
Boles outlined how he would prefer Barringer develop the property, drawing criticism from Councilman Curtis Leak.
"You can't tell another man what to do," Leak said.
Councilman Kenton Spencer also took issue with Boles' opposition, saying the funeral home owner is against change.
"We can't drive looking through the rear view mirror," Spencer told Boles. "We have to keep looking forward."
After approving the rezoning measure, several College Park residents spoke out against the decision, including Becky Snyder.
"I'm disappointed, but this is America," she said.
Snyder said she is not opposed to change, she just has reservations about Barringer's plan. She suggested the board require the project to be done in phases when approving the conditional use permit.
The council approved the conditional use permit after setting several stipulations. Council requires the project to use a phased approach, where a certain percentage of each phase of construction must be completed before proceeding to the next, sequential phase. They also are requiring the subdivision to adopt covenants
that were already drafted and planting trees along the roadway at 35 foot increments.
Rainer opposed the measure as he felt the council was allowing too much leeway on the phased-in approach.
Eddie Carmichael, co-owner of Carmichael Farms in Laurinburg, asked city council to oppose the proposed landfill currently being considered by Scotland County commissioners.
"I think it's a big issue," he said.
He told council members that they represent nearly half the residents of Scotland County and that Laurinburg owns half the airport, meaning they had a vested interest with the project.
Rainer voiced his concerns over the project.
"The county smells bad enough," he said, referring to nearby poultry and hog farms.
Councilman Tommy Parker said he worries the proposed landfill would be too close to the airport. Parker also serves on the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission.
Leak told council he lives over the city's first landfill and has not had any issues with it.
Leak added that the county's current landfill is already on the site.
"Planes have been flying over there all these years," Leak said, adding that he's "never seen no bird knock a plane out of the sky."
In other business, Councilwoman Amanda Faulk Doerffel told the council she will tender her resignation at the May 18 meeting and will have a recommendation for council on her replacement. She is moving to Florida with her husband, Mark Doerffel, who is taking a job with the University of Florida.
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