By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Cumberland County’s Regional Planning Commission approved adopting Towne Centre Dr. to the county’s road list.
It must also be approved by the county’s environmental committee and county commission before it is officially added to the road list.
The road is off Peavine Rd. near Fairfield Glade and leads to Food City grocery store and to Towne Centre Way, which leads to Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church.
Barry Field of Field’s Engineering Consultant Services, LLC attended the meeting representing developer L.E. Smith.
A few months ago Field and made a request that the county and the Cumberland County Highway Department accept Towne Centre Dr. and Towne Centre Way and add them to the county’s road list.
Current Cumberland County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock was hesitant and said, “The only issue I have is that I was not a part of construction of (Towne Centre Way) and I have no idea if it is built to county specs or not. I would have to have a core drill before I would accept it because I don’t have a clue as to what’s underneath it.”
None of the committee members remembered discussing Towne Centre Dr. and after some research by county attorney and committee member Randal Boston, it was revealed that the planning commission had reviewed Towne Centre Rd. and it had been signed off by former Cumberland County Road Superintendent Wendell Houston and former Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill in 2008. The road at that point went just to the back of Food City grocery store off Peavine Rd.
The regional planning commission requested Field have Towne Centre Dr. core tested as per Blaylock’s request and this month the committee did have a letter that was submitted by Blaylock stating those core tests came back satisfactory to county road specifications.
Upon receiving that information, Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner motioned to have the road accepted and it was supported by Larry Allen, 6th District commissioner.
It was unanimously approved. Randy Boston, county attorney, abstained from the vote.
In other areas, the committee approved a preliminary plat for Daddy’s Creek Estates on Hwy. 70 E. that was submitted by Chris Vick.
It is a new subdivision that was sold and has been re-platted from 72 lots into 133 lots. It is approximately 160 acres. The first phase, which is 59 lots, is the portion that was approved for a preliminary plat.
Hassler motioned for preliminary approval and it was supported by Boston and unanimously approved.
Under the planner’s staff report, several individual, minor subdivision changes were approved.
Committee members Stanley Hall and Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner, did not attend the meeting.