By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • The Hoke County Board of Commissioners approved two major subdivision requests Monday night that will bring upwards of 579 new homes to the county in the coming years.
The board unanimously approved two separate preliminary plat requests submitted by Double D Engineering for subdivision developments in the works.
The first subdivision, Woodhaven, will be located at a 115.32-acre parcel of land at 6319 Rockfish Road, east of the intersection of Koonce Road and Rockfish Road. The builders plan to have 216 lots on the property.
The second subdivision, Woodhaven Reserve, will be located on a 111.91-acre parcel of land that is currently unaddressed, but is located on the north and south of Philippi Church Road, east of the intersection of Koonce Road and Philippi Church Road. The builders plan to have 363 lots on the property.
Both of the properties are zoned Residential-8 or R-8, meaning that typically the lot sizes on those properties must be a minimum of 8,000 square feet per lot. However, the developer plans to make use of the county’s subdivision ordinance stipulation allowing for high-density housing. That will let the subdivision include housing lots that are a little less than 8,000 square feet.
Officials asked about the lot sizes, and County Planner Robert Farrell and a representative for the developer said the properties will have a variety of different-sized lots. The smallest will be about 7,800 square feet – which will make up about half of all the lots. The rest will range from about 10,000 to 12,000 square feet, and some will be upwards of 22,000 square feet, to allow for a variety of options for future homebuyers.
Additionally, in seeking to use the high-density stipulation, the developers accepted the county ordinance’s requirements that certain amenities must be provided in the new development. A few of those amenities will include things like sidewalks on both sides of the street, and open space for public use, county staff explained. A representative said that eventually a homeowner’s association for the residents will have the chance to decide what to do with the open space, such as turning it into a park or other outdoor recreation use.
Both of the developments are located in the county’s urban services area. The homes that are built on the properties will tap into county water and sewer services.
The county board held a public hearing on the subdivision preliminary plat requests. No one besides county staff and a representative for the developer spoke during the public hearing. The board members unanimously approved the matter. The two plat requests previously went before the county planning board, and were also unanimously recommended for approval by that board.