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Home construction on rise in area

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BY WILLIAM F. WEST
Staff Writer

Monday, August 26, 2019

The old saying about rooftops following rooftops appears to be a pattern again these days.

The Rocky Mount Planning Board recently approved preliminary documents for a future subdivision on the west side of the city and for expanding an existing subdivision on the northwest side of the city.

The Meadow Springs subdivision is proposed off Bethlehem Road, adjacent to the high-profile Beth Eden subdivision. The Windstone subdivision, which has long been in place off Nicodemus Mile Road, is slated for a second phase of development.

The future Meadow Springs subdivision is proposed to have 37 lots in a Phase I on slightly more than eight acres on the south side of Beth Eden. The entire undeveloped area is slightly more than 53 acres.

The proposal is a cluster development. That is a design or strategy to group houses on smaller lots in an area of a development while preserving remaining land for common open space or recreation or protecting environmentally sensitive areas.

The future Meadow Springs subdivision includes a proposed temporary common area for Phase I.

And the developer has proposed the setbacks of the residences be 20 feet in the front, five feet on the sides and 20 feet in the rear.

Setbacks are distances from curbs, property lines or structures within which construction is prohibited.

Four Seasons Contractors of Nashville is listed in documents as the owner/developer of the future development.

Rocky Mount Planning Administrator JoSeth Bocook told the planning board the municipal staff recommended approval of the preliminary document for the proposed Meadow Springs Subdivision.

Moments earlier, the planning board heard the details about a proposed Phase II for the Windstone subdivision, which is in a residential area between Winstead Avenue and Hunter Hill Road.

The Windstone subdivision was started in 2005 with a Phase I. Further construction was put on hold in the aftermath of the 2007-08 burst of the nationwide housing bubble and the collapse of the financial markets on Wall Street.

The entire area is slightly more than 44 acres, with 31 sites on nearly 11 acres and with the proposal calling for an additional 13 sites on five acres to be Phase II.

The proposal is for Phase II to be on the north and northeastern sides of Phase 1. The proposal is for Phase II to be a cluster development with land set aside for conservation.

And the developer has proposed setbacks of the residences be 20 feet in the front, five feet on the sides and five feet in the rear.

Williams Investments of Rocky Mount is listed as the owner of the future development.

Bocook told the planning board the municipal staff recommended approval of the preliminary document for the proposed expanded Windstone subdivision.

Nicholas Rightmyer, of JoynerKeeny Planning, Surveying and Engineering, appeared on behalf of both proposed projects.

No one spoke against either item at the planning board meeting, which was held on Aug. 13.

Both developers are next going to submit more specific information to officials at City Hall in connection with the construction process.

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