Commission to vote on used-car lot
LINCOLNTON – Lincoln County commissioners will consider allowing a used-car lot to open on N.C. 16 at their Monday, April 16, meeting.
Jim McNamara said his family owns Lake Norman Motors in Mooresville and wants to expand to Denver.
At the April 11 meeting, the planning board voted 5-1 for a conditional use permit, approving a site plan that includes a 5-foot buffer between the site and the road. Other conditions include planting nine trees in the buffer area that are at least 10 feet tall.
The business will open near the intersection of N.C. 16 and Unity Church Road if commissioners approve the plan.
Tom Campbell, an east Lincoln resident and planning board member, was the sole vote against the request. He said the county ordinance requires a 10-foot buffer and native plants, but McNamara plans to have only a 5-foot buffer and palm trees.
“I think it’s time to put our foot down. The intent of the ordinance is to have a 10-foot buffer and native plants, and not have any exceptions,” Campbell said. “If we keep (making exceptions) it’ll be the same old thing.”
The Planning Board approved the plan despite some opposition.
“There’s eight used-car lots from Campground Road to Highway 73,” Rudy Bauer told the board at the April 2 meeting.