Wilmington, N.C.- There are not too many places left in New Hanover County to build a new subdivision. When you have a county with the ocean on the east and the river on the west, shaped like a narrow ice cream cone, land becomes sparse. Consequently, instead of building massive communities, many developers are opting to buy just a few acres at a time, and constructing much smaller neighborhoods.
Such is the the case with the proposed Makai Subdivision. This small community is planning on building 14 single family homes on only 3.3 acres near the intersection of Wrightsville and Rogers avenues. Residents would be able to access the neighborhood from both roads.
The planning commission has already rezoned the property to a residential R-5 status. Next steps in the process includes several meetings with the counties technical review staff. They look at blue prints, make sure everything is up to code, and instruct the developers on any issues that need to be modified. The first such meeting for the Makai development took place in mid January. The county’s technical review staff found some issues with the drainage plan and formally asked the developers to make some changes.
Once those changes are made, developers will go under another technical assessment. If no other issues come up, the project then moves to a phase where the individual home plans go under review. A conservative estimate of the process could have crews starting construction by late spring or early summer.