Rezoned

The hearing advertised alongside U.S. 158 Business near Vance-Granville Community College resulted in a decision by the Vance County Commissioners to allow housing development on the adjacent property on lots of at least 20K SF.

HENDERSON — Vance County commissioners have approved a zoning change that will allow a developer to build quite a bit of housing on a 101.6-acre parcel of former farmland on the western edge of the county between Henderson and Oxford.

The site is off U.S. 158 near Vance-Granville Community College, and Monday’s vote by the commissioners gave it R20 zoning, which allows the construction of dwellings on 20,000-square-foot lots.

Officials told commissioners the company that applied for the rezoning, Southbury Development, had asked for R10 zoning, which allows 10,000-square-foot lots.

County Manager Jordan McMillen said plans for the site he’s seen had envisioned a project that included 150 residential lots.

Given the commissioners’ vote for minimum 20,000-square-foot lots, “the developer will need to go back and revise their plans based on the approved R20 zoning if they intend to proceed,” McMillen said.

The previous agricultural zoning of the property would require lots covering at least 1 acre. Planners said a project using the new zoning will require public water and sewer service.

The property is at the convergence of U.S. 158 and U.S. 158 Business, in an area that’s as far west on those highways as one can go and still be in Vance County. But there has been some development nearby already, namely the Huntstone neighborhood, which is next door.

Records kept by the N.C. Secretary of State’s office indicates that Southbury Development is a relatively new limited liability company, formed in October 2020 and based in Pinehurst.

The actual property owner is a “descendants’ trust,” and ownership last changed in 2007.

The density of any housing project depends on a variety of factors that include the availability of public utilities and the presence of streams, steep slopes and other natural limits on development.

A plan for 150 units implies the prospective developers of the site weren’t trying to maximize its housing density, as county planners say R10 zoning could theoretically allow up to 4.5 dwelling an acre.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.