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Major subdivision sets sights on Tabor City


     Planning is underway for a major subdivision for Tabor City, some 92 homes with construction expected to begin in about a year.

     Tabor City Council members took action Tuesday that will help set the stage for the project, approving a contract with Kannapolis based N-Focus, Inc. to provide legal guidance throughout the recently revised subdivision process.

     A preliminary map for the project will be sent to N-Focus this week, Town Manager Al Leonard told council, to get the process started. More detailed planning documents will eventually make their way to the town’s Planning Board for consideration, Leonard said.

     While the property sits just outside the town limits, developers plan to seek annexation in order to secure town water and sewer services, Leonard said.

     Property for the project has already been secured just off of Swampfox Hwy East, across the highway from Tabor Landing Apartments, Leonard said after the council meeting.

     If the project moves forward, it will be the town’s largest ever subdivision, and the first in decades. County tax maps, Leonard said, indicate portions of the Cartrette Subdivision off of Stake Road were built in the early 1980s, while Pete Circle off of East 5th Street was built in 1968. Both have fewer than 20 homes.

Legal changes

     Council, earlier this year, adopted changes to the town’s zoning law and procedures required by recent revisions to state law.

     “As you know, the land use law has changed,” Leonard told council. “This is our first subdivision under the new law, and we are going to need advice.”

     Leonard, after the meeting, said his goal was to make sure the subdivision process moves in strict adherence to the new law.

     Council member Nelson Lee, during the meeting, expressed another priority.

     “I’m just thankful we’ve got somebody interested in building homes,” Lee said.

     For more on this month’s council actions see this story in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.