DOT urged to take over waterfront subdivision road
By Reggie Ponder
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Pasquotank commissioners’ recommendation for state takeover of a road serving a waterfront subdivision reflects a general uptick in new home construction and gradual recovery from the recession-driven slowdown a decade ago.
Commissioners voted unanimously last week for a resolution asking the N.C. Department of Transportation to take over maintenance of Pointe Vista Drive, a road serving all 98 lots of the Waters at Sunset Pointe subdivision off Nixonton Road.
According to county officials, development of the Waters at Sunset Pointe began in 2002, but up until recently the subdivision didn’t contain enough occupied homes for its service road to be considered for state maintenance.
Pasquotank Planning Director Shelley Cox explained last week that DOT requires a road to have two occupied homes per one-tenth of a mile before accepting it for state maintenance. Pointe Vista Drive previously had not met that threshold, she said.
“It has taken a long time for it to develop,” Cox said of the Waters at Sunset Pointe.
Development at the subdivision has been fairly gradual since it started 17 years ago. “They’ve been slowly building,” Cox said.
Cox said the subdivision has an active homeowners association that has pushed for state maintenance of Pointe Vista Drive.
“The homeowners have been very proactive,” she said.
One thing that should help win DOT approval of the county and homeowners’ request is transportation officials’ decision not to count part of the road leading into the subdivision when calculating the occupied-home threshold. Since no homes are planned for that stretch of Pointe Vista Drive, DOT officials have decided to consider it an entrance drive to the subdivision.
In general, there’s been an uptick in construction at other subdivisions that have been platted for some time but seen slow development, Cox said. She mentioned developments on Peartree Road, Main Street Extended and in Newland.
“Any subdivision that is sitting there is starting to be developed,” Cox said.
The trend is largely catch-up construction, she said, because there aren’t a lot of new residential subdivisions being developed right now.
“It’s nice to see some activity now,” Cox said.
The current pace of residential development is also a good one, she said, adding the pace actually may have been too fast in the early- and mid-2000s. The pace now is sufficient to keep many of the area’s contractors busy again, Cox said.