DOT urged to take over waterfront subdivision road


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

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.