Bradley Crossing requests Tryon annexation

Published 2:19 pm Friday, June 20, 2008

The Town of Tryon has received a petition for voluntary annexation from Bradley Crossing, a proposed 64-lot subdivision on 64 acres off Skyuka Road.

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday and set a public hearing for its Aug. 19 meeting. The town doesn&squo;t meet in July.

Town attorney Bailey Nager told council that PSA Developers, LLC is requesting that the town share costs of running water and sewer lines to the Bradley Crossing property.

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The town would need to do a &dquo;satellite annexation,&dquo; since the property is not contiguous to current town limits. A satellite annexation is permitted as long as the town does not have more than 10 percent of its property in such non-contiguous areas.

Nager said the annexation of Bradley Crossing, located on the land of the former Bradley Estate, would put the town near that limit. Nager said interim town manager Bob Shepherd spoke to N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca about getting Tryon an exemption from the requirement.

About 70 towns in North Carolina are exempt, Nager said, including the Town of Columbus, which received an exemption from the N.C. General Assembly last year.

The Bradley Crossing subdivision received plat approval from the Polk County Planning Board in November, 2007. The subdivision plan includes 64 lots clustered on 32 acres with the remaining 32 acres being open space to consist of parks, walking trails and forested green space.

The subdivision is proposed to be constructed in phases, with year one consisting of engineering, road construction, water/sewer and other infrastructure, landscaping and development for 16 lots. Year two includes infrastructure development for another 16 lots, year three for another 16 lots and year four for the final 16 lots.

According to PSA Developers&squo; petition for annexation, PSA received written confirmation from the town in February, 2006, prior to the purchase of the Bradley estate, that the town would provide city water to the subdivision provided that PSA would purchase the materials to extend the service from Mimosa Road to the Bradley Crossing entrance. The town would provide all related water line construction services that would supply ample water and fire protection to Bradley Crossing, according to the petition.

The petition also says that in 2007, during a Tryon Public Works meeting, PSA received additional assurances from town and council officials that water would be provided to the subdivision.

&dquo;PSA remains firmly convinced that the provision of water, meeting all of the Bradley Crossing requirements, was a firm commitment from the town,&dquo; says the petition.

For sewer, PSA Developers says it needs a low pressure sewer system. Developers are investigating a route from the property to Mimosa Road, from Mimosa Road to Skyuka Road, Skyuka Road to Hwy. 108, Hwy. 108 to Clarence Rhodes Road and Clarence Rhodes Road to Screven Road, continuing until it connects to Tryon&squo;s sewer system there. The estimated sewer line extension route is 2.1 miles without a pumping system.

PSA Developers proposes that the town install the low pressure&bsp; line up Skyuka and Mimosa roads to the Bradley Crossing property line in conjunction with the enhancements of the town water system that traverses the same route.

That area of Lynn currently has water services from Tryon, but the service does not extend as far as the proposed subdivision, and no sewer services are available in the area.