Currituck Station would feature multi-subdivisions
By William F. West
Thursday, July 12, 2018
CURRITUCK — Currituck officials got a more detailed look Tuesday at the 3,000-acre, multi-subdivision project northwest of Moyock known as Currituck Station.
Currituck commissioners signed off last year on the master plan for the development that envisions a mixture of commercial, office, retail and residential uses. On Tuesday, commissioners held a joint meeting with the Currituck Planning Board to get an update on Currituck Station and review proposed standards for the project.
Leading the presentation was Kelley Klepper, senior planner for Kimley-Horn and Associates, the project’s developer.
Klepper, who said his firm hopes to finish work on the project’s standards by September, said he understands not everyone likes the idea of mixed uses in the Currituck Station project. However, he said the choice is either to stick with a status-quo, "typical plain vanilla" project or go with one that includes increased densities and urban design components, with offsets for stormwater and parks.
He said the message to project skeptics should be: "You've got what you've got, which is pretty much not a lot, or if you want to join us and be with the cool kids and do this, here's what you can get."
Klepper outlined a project that features eight different subdivisions. One key subdivision would be called Center Station and located in the northeastern part of the development, bordering Caratoke Highway. Center Station would feature a “town center” and include both commercial and residential uses while also allowing for multi-family residential development.
Another key subdivision would be called Cypress and include areas in the middle, northeastern, southeastern and southwestern parts of the development. It would be set aside for single-family residential use.
Another subdivision, Crossroads, would be located in the southwestern part of the development and feature commercial uses as well as sites for industrial use.
Three other subdivisions would be located in the southeastern part of the development: Moyock Run; Charter and Newtown.
Newtown would, in effect, grandfather in already-developed commercial and residential areas along Caratoke Highway and South Mills Road close to Moyock. Although it would include what's already there, Newtown would also encourage redevelopment and serve as a transition to what would be the Charter subdivision.
Charter would be located next to Center Station and allow for a mixture of commercial and residential uses.
Moyock Run would serve as space for government use, including a possible future public school.
Another subdivision, Oak Trail, would include part of the southern part of the development, but also a large northwestern part of it as well. Oak Trail would be used for single-family homes.
Klepper told commissioners Tuesday he has added another subdivision to the plan called Junction. It would be located in the far northeastern part of the development and include the North Point residential area, as well as businesses along Caratoke Highway near the North Carolina-Virginia border.
Commissioners and planning board members decided to keep Junction on the table as an option.
Near the end of the meeting, Klepper brought up the subject of how to speed up the approval process for developers interested in Currituck Station.
Commissioners and planning board members agreed on a process that allows the developer to avoid having to seek commissioner approval if their proposal already meets a template provided by the county.
Commissioners would, however, have the right to be briefed about details of the proposal. Developers also would still have to get commissioners’ approval for any required rezonings for their project.
Commissioner Paul Beaumont said after Tuesday's meeting the streamlining the board approved should cut six weeks off a project’s development time.
"Where that comes into effect is when somebody wants to move forward with a project, what's going to happen now is they're going to be able to move in probably half the time that they would be able to in a competing market," Beaumont said.