Building boom gears up again; 1,000 homes planned In Moyock

By on August 31, 2018

Subdivisions are replacing crops of beans and corn. (Dee Langston)

Moyock old-timers and newcomers who hope that their part of Currituck County will retain its rural landscape are apt to be disappointed.

At least nine new subdivisions, with a total of 1,075 housing units, are in some phase of the county’s approval process. The most recent request is to rezone almost 230 acres for a 513-unit residential subdivision.

The property faces Carotoke Highway between Ranchland and Eagle Creek, south of Survey Road, said Donna Volivia, Currituck’s assistant county planner.

Developers Justin Old and Mark Bissell of Allied Properties in Kitty Hawk hope to build an upscale, urban-style streetscape on the property, which would include single-family homes, cottage-style houses and townhouses, along with commercial storefronts on the bottom level of some of the townhouses.

So far, the subdivision doesn’t have a proper name; it’s generally referred to as the Fost project, after Sandra Davis Fost, who along with Iris Ann O’Connor, currently own the land.

Two community meetings at the Moyock Library have been held on the proposal, on June 26 and Aug. 21, which gave nearby property owners an overview of the project and allowed them to comment.

Allied Properties’ proposed new subdivision includes a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and neighborhood businesses.

The subdivision will be built in village-like clusters, with large expanses of open space, according to a summary of the meeting provided by Currituck’s Planning Department.

Build-out will probably take 10 to 15 years, depending on the market, according to the report.

The majority of residents’ concerns echoed issues raised by almost all new subdivisions in the Moyock area: schools, traffic and drainage, not necessarily in that order.

County officials have already suggested that Currituck’s Board of Education begin shopping for land for another elementary school in Moyock, and under Currituck’s Adequate Public Facilities ordinance, the county is required to address and remedy the impact of new developments on county services, including schools, law enforcement and emergency medical services.

The developers of the subdivision assured neighboring residents that none of the new traffic would pass through their neighborhoods. Access would be from U.S. 168, otherwise known as Caratoke Highway.

Curtis Lee takes a break from cleaning up around new sidewalks in Lakeview subdivision. In the background is a retention pond, a common fix for stormwater runoff. (Dee Langston)

Drainage and stormwater management are big issues in the Moyock area, as low-lying streets and roadways are prone to flooding after heavy rain. The developers intend to build or clean out ditches along the property lines and create retention ponds to hold stormwater, which can be released slowly to avoid flooding.

The county hasn’t received a complete application for the subdivision, Currituck Planning Director Laurie LoCicero said Friday.

Rezoning the property will be a legislative action, which means Currituck’s Board of Commissioners will have a little more leeway in making that decision, Locicero said, adding that the board could look at the impact on county services and other factors.

In addition to the Fost property, the following subdivisions are in some stage of the county’s approval process:

  • Waterleigh, a 275-lot subdivision on Tulls Creek Road.
  • Currituck Reserve, a 130-lot subdivision, also on Tulls Creek Road.
  • Panther Landing, a 50-lot subdivision at Panther Landing in Moyock.
  • Tuckers Cove, a 30-lot subdivision off Tulls Creek Road.
  • The Landing, 29-lot subdivision on Baxter Road.
  • Backwoods Hideaway, a 16-lot subdivision on Backwoods Road.
  • Tulls Woods, a 19-lot subdivision on Tulls Creek Road.
  • Foxglove— a 13-lot subdivision, also on Tulls Creek Road.

Like the Fost project, most of the new subdivisions will be built in phases, which can be influenced by the real estate market.

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  • Jim

    I wonder what the plans for infrastructure are? Tulls Creek road for example is 2 lanes. The main road is 4 lanes, but if you bog it down with stop lights, and extensive summer traffic, etc is there a bypass planned?

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 9:39 am
  • Steve

    This destruction is increasing as a scary rate..

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 9:42 am
  • Spoony Rae

    Isn’t this the site that was going to be a solar farm? I wonder how many kids a solar farm puts in schools? I wonder how many trips social services has to make to solar farms? I wonder how many new deputies would be needed for a solar farm? I wonder how much more in taxes a solar farm generates than farming it? I wonder how many more cars a solar farm puts in to the traffic flow? I wonder why Currituck outlawed them?

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 12:02 pm
  • Nigel

    Currituck has sold its soul. Sad & greedy to boot.

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 1:58 pm
  • Stephanie

    What about new middle school and a new high school?

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 2:44 pm
  • Anonymous

    No !!!!

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 4:14 pm
  • Cathy

    This is truly sad, the developers are the ones making all the money, they should be the ones to pay for the schools that will be needed. You want to build 500 homes, and put 250 more kids into our schools, then you should purchase the land to give to the county for the school needed. Developers need to be held accountable, my tax money should go for what is needed not what a developer refused to pay for. This “OLD” family seems to do anything they want, making all this money on our backs. I say enough is enough. Make them pay for the schools, and for all the infrastructure that is needed, county shouldn’t pay for anything.

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 4:19 pm
  • 0ld n3wz

    Hope all these new homes are LEED Platinum for good planning.

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 5:20 pm
  • Lennon Newberry

    It would be extremely tough for these developments to meet nowaday DEQ runoff requirements.

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 5:25 pm
  • Runnerguy45

    I guess the Currituck commissioners want a Maryland style Rt 50 ?
    Tons of traffic, car lots and fast food options everywhere.
    That WAS a nice county !!

    Friday, Aug 31 @ 10:58 pm
  • J

    What about the animals

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 12:37 am
  • Brett

    I wonder how many of the county officials benefit from all of this building. How many are realtors or own businesses or have friends or family that own businesses that have vested interests that we end of holding the bag for. Can you say local corruption, follow the money. I was told that the person that pushed for the parking permits on the beach runs one of the horse tours. Can you see why he wants everyone out of his way. Citizens of Currituck county start watching & voting

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 8:35 am
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    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 9:04 am
  • obxnative

    Wonderful news. Eventually, Currituck will to the OBX what the outer Boroughs are to Manhattan. That means better jobs (eventually) affordable housing (hopefully) and a higher standard of living. I just hope they keep in mind that these homes need to be affordable for single families.

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 9:18 am
  • FutotheFu

    In some ways this is forcing people to look at currituck county and their issues. The people living and moving there don’t care if it takes an extra hour or two for people to reach the obx. Adding time and frustration to tourist. Simply saying they can bypass moyock is ignoring the building in elizabeth city and south mills. The state should consider what impact this building will have on on tourism. Adding a few hours onto a trip can force people to find different locations to vacation. Especially the weekend off season folks that come from dc, md and nova. Commissioners are having their pockets lined and will allow anything to be built. If the state cares about the obx and their tourism they will try to slow growth or at least address the highway expansion.

    Saturday, Sep 1 @ 10:42 am
  • Sans

    Dee, for those of us who are not familiar with Moyok other than driving through it on 168, a map would add to your article.

    Sunday, Sep 2 @ 12:17 pm
  • Wrose95174

    When I retire I’m looking to leave Moyock. All of the reasons I moved here for are quickly disappearing. It seems the commissioners do not value what most people want. There is an agenda here and we are the pawns. Use your power at the voting booth!

    Monday, Sep 3 @ 9:53 am