Council OK’s apartment complex

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 31, 2013

It may not signal the start of a building boom, but the Clemmons Village Council considered commercial and residential subdivision requests for the first time in six years at Monday night’s meeting.

First was a preliminary subdivision review for the Parr Apartments on 24.32 acres located off Lewisville-Clemmons Road, and that was followed by a preliminary subdivision review by Shugart Management for the 3.36-acre Willoughby Subdivision, which is off Hampton Road.

The council unanimously approved both.

“It’s a good sign,” said Village planner Megan Ledbetter of movement in the longtime dormant real estate market, “as we see things start to turn around from a development perspective. This is the first time since 2007.”

The approval for the commercial request to subdivide Marvin Gentry’s property at Village Point allows Chris Parr to construct the roads for the apartments. The original plans called for a 312-unit complex.

The Willoughby Subdivision, which is zoned for RS-9, features 12 lots and is located off Hampton at Armsburg and Willoughby Grove roads.

Continuing a real estate/development theme, the council also approved the final development plan for Novant Health. It includes two 20,000-square-foot medical office buildings to be constructed off Harper Road across from the Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center site.

Ledbetter said that crosswalks will provide access to the hospital site. She added that overall master plan calls for sidewalks, bike lanes, street trees and buffer yards.

In other business, the council approved an amendment to the firearms ordinance, but according to attorney Warren Kasper, it’s more of a matter of making the language consistent with recent changes in state law.

“There is really no change in the policy we’ve had here for 25 years,” Kasper said.

The council also:

• Heard from Ledbetter regarding the Lewisville-Clemmons Road Overlay District Committee, which met Sept. 24 and again on Tuesday. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. at Village Hall. The committee is looking at overlay district concepts and thresholds for those development requirements to occur.

Ledbetter added that a Farmer’s Market information session, which will be coordinated with the Forsyth County Recreation Department, would be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at Village Hall for anyone interested in helping with the proposed market at Tanglewood.

• Called for a public hearing for the next meeting on Nov. 12 for requested special use rezoning to multi-family by Shugart Management for 2.6 acres located at Hanesbrook Circle.

• Approved a resolution designating Gary Looper, manager and budget officer, as deputy finance officer for the Village in the absence of the finance officer.

• Approved a funding request from Leadership Winston-Salem for $500 to help underwrite the expense of Government, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Program Day on Dec. 4.

• Appointed councilwoman Mary Cameron as the voting delegate for the National League of Cities annual business meeting.

• Received a thank-you letter from the School of Government Foundation for a recent donation of $500 to support a newly created scholarship in the honor of 30 years of service to N.C.’s Municipal Governments by Ellis Hankins.

• Heard from Robin Dean during the public comments portion of the meeting. Dean commented that the government doesn’t have to accept responsibility for lack of action, but the taxpayers have no option but to continue to invest in an inefficient system.