SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) – Southport’s Board of Aldermen agenda on Thursday includes Project Indigo, though members are not expected to make a decision for at least another month.
Project Indigo is a development Bald Head Island Limited first submitted plans for two years ago. The most recent plans for Phase 2 of the project cover about 375 acres and include more than 1,500 housing units.
On Thursday, the aldermen will accept the report and recommendation from the Planning Board during its monthly meeting. At that point, members can start forming their decision.
“The owners of that property have some vested rights to build something and that’s basically 1.8 houses per acre,” said Alderman Rich Alt. “We can’t tell them they can’t build anything. We have to take that off the table. The next question is what’s the density level look like and what’s the infrastructure that’s going to support that?”
At its last meeting, the Planning Board announced its decision to not recommend the approval of a zoning request from Bald Head Island Limited.
Alt hopes some of his own questions will be answered as he reviews the planning board’s findings.
“For me, it’s the traffic impact analysis study,” said Alt. ”They asked for the same things I’m asking for and it was never done. It would stand to reason that if they thought something was important to understand and they couldn’t get the information, they’d have to use that as part of the decision making.”
Alt says the planning board’s traffic analysis mostly focused on impacts the development would have on the intersections of Robert Ruark Drive and Howe Street and 9th Street and Howe Street. Alt is concerned about the impacts on those individual streets and the area surrounding the elementary school.
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