Determined, the Owens proposed a text amendment to the Pinehurst Development Ordinance to allow bed and breakfast inns as a major special use in the residential district where the House sits, currently zoned R-30. Even as a special use, of course, qualifying operations would need separate Village Council approval to open and operate in the R-30 districts, assuming the zoning text amendment passes.
Nevertheless, public opposition has been vocal, as it can often be. Specifically, neighbors to the House have complained that the amendment’s breadth will impact Pinehurst in a manner far beyond this one property, that the amendment contradicts the Village’s Comprehensive Plan, that the public traffic created in a residential district would be “a nightmare,” that property values will be adversely affected, and the additional resort space is unnecessary in this particular Village. Opponents to the amendment also note aprior, unsuccessful attempt to accomplish precisely what the Owens are trying to do with the House.
The Village Council, which has once before returned the proposal to its Planning Board for further consideration, will hold its public hearing tomorrow evening to consider the proposed legislative action. We will watch with interest.
Mike Thelen is an associate in Womble Carlyle’s Real Estate and Real Estate Litigation practice groups. He regularly represents a wide variety of clients, from local governments to businesses, in both state and federal venues throughout North Carolina.
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