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Leland City Council approves rezoning for multi-family housing development

LELAND, NC (WECT) – The Leland City Council unanimously approved a sprawling 897-acre real estate development at the intersection of Malmo Loop Road and US 74/76 at its meeting on Tuesday. Thursday October 20.

The developer, Malmo Ventures, LLC., brought the proposal back to the planning board last month to approve 912 additional dwellings and approximately 211 additional acres. This brings the total area to 897 acres with 2,796 housing units divided between single family homes, single family rental homes, duplexes, townhouses and multi-family buildings.

Malmo ventures has submitted an annexation and zoning application and an annexation petition to voluntarily annex the property. Members of the public reiterated their concerns at the meeting about overcrowding and floodplains near Malmo Loop Road itself, referring to torrential rains in 2021 and during hurricanes.

“The annexation of Malmo Loop Road took place on the 685 acres on the right hand side, which means there are 1,800 houses to come,” Leland resident Lana Humphrey said at the public hearing. “2.3 on average in each household, that’s 3,600 more people to add to the Leland database. It’s just polluting our area with more and more people. The infrastructure will not support it.

Given the magnitude of the proposal, the city also unanimously approved a development agreement with Malmo Ventures, which they say will take 12 to 15 years before all housing is built on the property.

“Well, I think the same concerns that were expressed in Brunswick County were expressed here in the Town of Leland tonight and will be considered as part of the development review,” Ben said. Andrea, director of planning and inspections. “We will ensure that all appropriate regulations are followed to address any type of storm water, flooding and transportation related issues.”

By Agendathe city council concluded that “the development of the property authorized by the agreement complies with all applicable laws, including all ordinances, resolutions, regulations, permits, policies and laws affecting the development of the property, including including laws governing permitted uses of the property, density, intensity, design and improvements.

Humphrey said the development would destroy the land and pose a threat to residents moving in.

“You don’t do impact studies, you give them free rein, you just release them,” Humphrey told the council. “You just start bulldozing and building it, making it look good, but it doesn’t hold up. That sand over there is beautiful white sand and that water table is very high. We have shallow wells. You start building structures, they will sink.