Issue of Minimum Lot Sizes Divides Surry

SURRY — A land use issue that divided Surry voters during the town’s last attempt to approve a revised comprehensive plan is threatening the plan’s newest update as well.

The point of contention is a possible change to lot size in Surry’s rural zone, which includes large tracts of land on Newbury Neck Road and Morgan Bay Road.

Right now, the minimum lot size is one acre in the rural zone.

The proposal would entail changing the minimum lot size in the rural zone to two acres.

This would reduce development in the coastal area and encourage growth elsewhere.

“We’re trying to concentrate growth in the areas that are closer to town services,” said Comprehensive Plan Committee member Sue Sokol. The areas designated as rural zone are farther from the center of town and main roads, she said.

The Comprehensive Plan Committee is divided on lot size as well.

The committee has been working for a year to update Surry’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan, which voters rejected on the minimum lot size issue.

At a Jan. 17 meeting, six members voted in favor of leaving the minimum rural zone lot size at an acre. Four members voted to enlarge the minimum lot size.

Committee member Valerie Moon would be affected if the minimum lot size is changed. Moon said her family has a “limited” income and owns a “beautiful piece” of land on Newbury Neck.

Moon owns the parcel with her brother. They would be restricted on how much land they could sell if the lot size was increased.

“Buy land around you if you don’t want people around you,” instead of changing lot sizes, Moon said.

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Jennifer Osborn

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