Southern Shores Planning Board to continue review of proposed mixed-use development along Ginguite Creek

Southern Shores Planning Board to continue review of proposed mixed-use development along Ginguite Creek

September 18th, 2023

The Southern Shores Planning Board met Monday evening to begin reviewing a proposed development with a mix of condos and commercial uses along U.S. 158 and Ginguite Creek, but put off taking any action on the developer’s request after a meeting that lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

The special use permit request already faces several hurdles, including opposition from nearby residents, and town staff recommendations to deny the inclusion of a marina while requiring at least a 50-foot setback from an adjacent neighborhood and church.

Ginguite, LLC., a subsidiary of SAGA Realty and Construction, has submitted an application for the nearly seven acre parcel at 6915 North Croatan Highway that is already zoned in the General Commercial District (C), with a small portion zoned as R-1 residential.

The property is between the Ginguite Creek Bridge on U.S. 158 and Southern Shores Landing neighborhood. [Sam Walker photo]

The proposal includes a pair of buildings with 36 multi-family dwelling units, 6,985 square feet of retail space, an approximately 4,500 square foot restaurant, 9,255 square feet of office space, and 200 parking spaces.

Renderings of the two buildings.

According to the site plan, the buildings would front the U.S. 158 side of the property. A 38-slip marina and associated infrastructure would be located on the northside of the property along the water’s edge.

Wes Haskett, Deputy Town Manager and Planning Director, said in a memo to the planning board that a marina and related structures are not permitted under the town’s zoning ordinance for the General Commercial zoning district and that they will have to be removed from the application.

Also part of the town staff’s recommendations to the planning board is the requirement of a 50-foot setback from the adjacent Southern Shores Landing neighborhood and All Saints Episcopal Church, and preservation of the existing natural vegetative buffer.

Click below to watch the full meeting.

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