The board approved an ordinance at its Aug. 20 meeting that will allow a multi-building commercial development to be known as South Ridge Shoppes, at 8197 Hwy. N and 8220 Orf Road. The zoning change on the 15.96-acre tract is to planned development district [PD] from highway commercial.
City Administrator Paul Markworth said the city has been working with SR Development LLC, the owner of the tract, since it was voluntarily annexed into the city in 2013.
The preliminary plan includes about eight or nine lots and proposes an auto service business, hotel and restaurants. However, the drawings represent a “concept plan” that is subject to change, Markworth said. No specific tenants are identified. He said prospective tenants want to see the zoning and other elements approved before committing to a letter of intent to buy the property. Grading could get underway in late fall or winter.
Markworth said the property’s proximity to the nearby Shoppes at Hawk Ridge may set up a concentrated shopping area along Hwy. N, something endorsed by the city’s comprehensive plan. The new development also may generate more sales tax revenue for the city.
“It’s s impossible to know that until you have users,” Markworth said. The city hopes the multi-building, commercial development will have sit-down restaurants, he said.
The board also approved a bill to establish a transportation development district [TDD] that will allow a 1-percent sales tax to fund transportation projects in the development. The sales tax revenues are designed to fund a new road between Orf Road and Hwy. N to be called South Ridge Lane. Markworth said the developer also has agreed to pay $300,000 for improvements to old Hwy. N.