A few mobile homes just east of Clayton will soon give way to scores of stick-built houses.
The Gordon family plans to build 177 homes on 61 acres at the intersection of Glen Laurel and Powhatan roads. In recent years, the land has housed about a half-dozen mobile homes.
Once the trailers are gone, the subdivision’s neighbors hope a buffer can adequately separate the new houses from their homes, farmland and a small family cemetery.
Rita Jones said she has family members buried in the cemetery, which will be next to the neighborhood. She and others reach the cemetery by parking on a lot that’s included in the master plan for the so-called Gordon Tract subdivision.
Jones said her family is concerned also about a street that will dead-end at her sister’s farmland on the north end of the development.
“That seems like an invitation for kids to ride four-wheelers,” Jones said.
A 20-foot landscape buffer will surround the subdivision, screening it from the cemetery, farmland and existing homes, according to the proposal. Much of the buffer will feature an earthen berm, said Jerry Dalton, an engineer working with the Gordon family.
Dalton said the developer doesn’t want to block access to the cemetery and plans to work through the issue with the affected families.
Town Planning Director Dave DeYoung said he’ll recommend the Gordon family erect a barrier at the dead-end so no one can drive onto the farm.
The new neighborhood will connect to Stallings Station subdivision by way of a street stub-out on Green Path Road. Dalton said that stub-out is there for a reason: inter-connectivity.
“We can attach to that and will; that’s the plan,” Dalton said. “But we’ll do whatever the town and the board tells us to do on that one.”
The Planning Board on Monday recommended that the Town Council rezone the land and approve the subdivision. Councilmen will consider the proposal in September.
Between two towns
The Gordon tract is close to Glen Laurel, the golf course community that became part of Clayton through satellite annexation in the 1990s. But it’s closer to the contiguous town limits of Wilson’s Mills.
Both towns wanted to work with the Gordon family and annex the land. The family first filed plans with Clayton but reversed course after finding out the land was closer to Wilson’s Mills.
The family switched towns again earlier this summer, agreeing to move forward with Clayton.
Clayton will serve the subdivision with water and sewer, extending lines from nearby Glen Laurel. Electricity will likely come from Duke Energy Progress, DeYoung said.
When agreeing to work with the Town of Clayton, the developer of a 177-house subdivision at Glen Laurel and Powhatan roads signed an annexation agreement too. However, it’s unclear when the town will get to add the land to its tax base.
Because the Gordon tract is closer to the contiguous borders of Wilson’s Mills, Clayton still has to do one of two things to annex the land:
▪ Get approval from Wilson’s Mills. State law mandates that in order to annex land closer to another town, the annexing town must first get permission from its neighbor.
▪ Wait until Clayton’s contiguous borders grow closer to the tract. Glen Laurel, which is within the town limits, abuts the land. However, Glen Laurel is a satellite annexation, and Clayton needs contiguous land to be closer to the property.