HAPPENING NOW: Commissioners to present rough draft for new 70 district

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BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT)- The Beaufort Board of Commissioners is presenting the rough draft of a plan for the new 70 district in Beaufort.

The new addition will soon make its way in the form of potential retail shops, apartments and offices.

Over the past two days, crew members from Codewright Planners, LLC of Durham worked to identify potential incentives for preferred development and develop form controls which clearly reflect the community’s vision.

The new 70 district is a nearly 300-acre tract bordered by Highway 101 and the new Highway 70.

It will also feature a 27-acre lake where folks can rent kayaks or enjoy a stroll around the lake.

Town Mayor Richard Stanley encourages citizens to be engaged in the process of creating the new 70 district.

Town Manager Charlie Burgess said they are still in the planning process and the consultants have spent weeks speaking to folks in the community about their wants and needs.

The meeting starts at 6 pm Wednesday.

“What the consultants have heard so far, and this will be them telling us what they’ve seen, what they’ve heard, and how that could possibly fit into a land plan for this 300 acres,” said Burgess.

The planning process is expected to be completed in six to nine months, however the actual development is not expected to be finished for at least five years.

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