HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (WECT) – A development proposed for one of the fastest growing counties in the state has been sent back to the drawing board.
The Pender County Planning board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to deny the plans for the Wyndwater development in Hampstead that has been in the works for years. The development was first proposed in 2013, and has been reworked over the years.
“It really was going to affect the infrastructure of our community,” said Hampstead Resident Becky Maness. “It was going to separate one side of the community to the other.”
In the middle of the tight-knit Topsail Greens community stands a green space that residents have enjoyed for years. The Wyndwater developers proposed over 500 units to sit on that space, including townhomes, single-family homes, and a business and medical park.
“It is so hard to get in and out of Champion Drive, Topsail Greens Drive, and having another road trying to connect in between those, it was just adding another bit of danger,” Maness says.
The planning board raised several concerns to the developer at Tuesday night’s meeting, but weren’t satisfied with their plans. They ultimately shot down the development because of major storm water concerns, among a large number of concerned neighbors there.
“We have no infrastructure out on Hwy. 17,” Hampstead Resident Andrew Adkinson said. “No schools, the schools are overflowing but all they build is housing. They’re buying every little piece of land they can up and down 17 and putting housing there.”
NCDOT already expects over 52,000 more vehicles to travel on Hwy. 17 within the next year, right where the Wyndwater development is proposed.
“I think that was another success,” Maness said. “I think we can all look at the planning board. We can thank them for actually recognizing what’s going on here.”
Pender County Planning Director Travis Henley told WECT that the developer will have a chance to appeal the decision in front of the board, but has not been told when that will occur.
WECT reached out to the developers, but they did not return our emails.
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