The 1,650-acre Pine Forest planned unit development is back on the agenda of the Moore County Planning Board.

Developer MHK Ventures, Inc. will appear before the Planning Board during its regular Thursday, May 7 meeting to seek three amendments to its PUD application and land development plan, including:

• Moving the NC Highway 211 entrance to the development further east, closer to Archie Road, which serves as the main access to West Pine Elementary and Middle Schools.

• Moving a proposed private wastewater treatment facility from the Pine Forest property to MHK-owned Dormie Club, a golf resort subdivision located off Beulah Hill Church Road near its intersection with NC Highway 73.

• Using County-supplied potable water to irrigate Pine Forest golf courses until the wastewater treatment facility is handling sufficient volume to produce reclaimed wastewater for irrigation purposes.

Pine Forest stretches along the north side of NC Highway 211 from West Pine Middle School to West End and, if the developer's plans are realized, will eventually include 700 homes, 300 hotel rooms, two-golf courses, and a shopping village.

After significant public debate, Moore County's Board of Commissioners approved a PUD-Hamlet rezoning for the development on September 6, 2011. That permit was set to expire in September 2014; the Commissioners granted a one-year extension.

Planning Director Debra Ensminger told The Times that MHK's intention is to begin developing the property by building a golf course and resort hotel. 

She said the request to relocate the wastewater treatment plant was based on concerns expressed during the initial public debate surrounding Pine Forest that a spill at the plant could impact Nick's Creek, the primary source of water for the Town of Carthage.

Moving the wastewater plant to the Dormie Club will take it out of the Nick's Creek watershed and into the Little River watershed. Ensminger told The Times that the developer believes the topography of the Dormie Club location makes it less likely that a spill would contaminate drinking water sources.

Ensminger said approval of the requested amendments is within the authority of the Planning Board; review by the Board of Commissioners will not be necessary.

However, another condition of MHK's PUD permit is a water and wastewater agreement between the developer and the County. The use of potable water for golf course irrigation is likely to figure into that agreement, which will need the Commissioners' approval.

MHK's proposed amendments will be considered by the Planning Board during their regular Thursday, May 7 meeting, at 6:00 pm in the Historic Courthouse in Carthage. The Board will hold a public hearing on the request, so citizen participation is welcome.


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