Moyock would get a facelift under mega-site master plan

By on June 27, 2017

The master plan for Moyock features a mixed-use development just south of the Virginia line. (Currituck County)

Plans for the northern entrance into Moyock include a broad boulevard with a landscaped medium, bounded by sidewalks, bike paths and greenways, and punctuated with well laid-out clusters of retail stores and office space.

The long-range master plan for the tentatively titled Moyock Mega-Site might make the entire state look better, at least to south-bound travelers crossing the state line from Virginia on U.S. 168.

“Moyock doesn’t give a good impression of North Carolina,” said Larry Lombardi, Currituck’s economic development director.

The roadway’s current scenery in Moyock is a mashup of farmland, businesses and homes, some occupied and in good repair, while others, not so much.

Improving the town’s aesthetics is one way to draw people and industry to the area, Lombardi said.

The long-range master plan, approved by Currituck’s Board of Commissioners earlier this month, paves the way for a future “gateway” into Moyock, which will be designed to give visitors a good impression of the town, the county and the rest of the state.

Plans for the northern entrance into Moyock include a broad boulevard with a landscaped medium, bounded by sidewalks, bike paths and greenways, and punctuated with well laid-out clusters of retail stores and office space.

“If we design it correctly, it can be a jewel for Currituck and North Carolina — as a place to be, a place to live, and a place to come back to,” Lombardi said.

The master plan includes more than a facelift for U.S. 168, however. The proposed mega-site covers about 3,300 acres in and around Moyock, bounded to the north by the Virginia line, to the east by U.S 168 and on the south to South Mills Road. The western boundary of the plan is mostly undeveloped land.

The plan includes a mix of retail, medical and general office space along U.S. 168, with areas farther away from the highway designed for residential and light industry, including warehouses and distribution centers.

Residential areas will feature one type of housing that Currituck lacks — rental options for singles, families and senior citizens.

“Here in northeastern North Carolina, people 55 and older are the largest group and at some point will want to downsize,” Lombardi said. “That’s something we’ll offer.”

The key objectives of the plan are to create an employment center, bringing jobs to curb the weekday exodus to Hampton Roads, where many Currituck residents drive for work. It’s also designed to be a place for young people to come back to, as many young Currituck residents go away to college, then find their livelihoods elsewhere.

Although the master plan has been approved, it may take two or three decades for it to be fully realized, Carroll Collins, of Kimley-Horn and Associates, told the board during its June 19 meeting. Kimley-Horn and Associates conducted a feasibility study for the project, which will likely end up being called something other than the Moyock Mega-Site.

“It’s a 25- to 30-year plan,” Collins said. “It’s not a 5-year or 10-year plan. It’s long-range; it’s long-vision; it’s staying the course and being patient and persistent along the way.”

It’s also a great deal of work for planning staff in the upcoming months. The county’s Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO, must be updated to accommodate changes in zoning and density, Lombardi said.

“There’s going to be a lot of heavy lifting by the planning department, but I think they are up to the task,” he said. County officials hope to see the zoning and other changes ready to be adopted by commissioners over the next six to nine months.

The proposed Moyock bypass includes an east/west connector that will divert some traffic from South Mills Road. (Currituck County)

County staff will continue working with NCDOT on possible road changes, including the proposed Moyock bypass, which includes an east/west connector that links Moyock to South Mills, relieving traffic on the dangerous and curvy South Mills Road.

The proposed transportation improvements should make the Moyock area more attractive to light industry and distribution companies seeking warehouse space. Some companies have already indicated that they may be interested in moving to the mega-site, Lombardi said.

“We are in discussions, but not at the point to say who they are,” Lombardi said.

At this point, the focus has been updating commercial aspects of the U.S. 168 corridor, Lombardi said. “We want that to look nice.”

Prior to the commissioners’ unanimous vote on the project, Commissioner Paul Beaumont spoke out in favor of the long-range plan.

“We know that folks are coming to the county. We can either wait for it to happen, or we can do this. This is trying to get ahead of the snow ball,” Beaumont said.

“They’re coming … and if we don’t start something now, then we’re going to be left with a train wreck,” he added.

 

 

 




Comments

  • runnerguy45

    Planning and Zoning is vital for Currituck County. If not planned wisely this area will become a mess like most of Virginia Beach.

    Tuesday, Jun 27 @ 9:24 am
  • Disgusted

    Ah, Little Chesapeake.

    Tuesday, Jun 27 @ 9:32 am
  • Ed Williams

    Omg I can’t believe that they are trying to make the place look nice!! Who do they think they are?? #keepmoyockadumpytown

    Tuesday, Jun 27 @ 12:39 pm
  • Island Girl

    I find it disturbing that your on county commissioners see Moyock as “The roadway’s current scenery in Moyock is a mashup of farmland, businesses and homes” like its a negative thing. That mash up of farm land provides many jobs to local farmers & their workers, as well as jobs to local business man, & homes to local people who have lived and paid taxes to currituck County far longer than your current board members. Board members may want to be careful on the toes they are stepping on as they are appointed by the vote of these same local people NOT the people merely passing through…..

    Tuesday, Jun 27 @ 10:03 pm
  • Kelley

    This needs to happen sooner than later to accomodate all the homes to be built, otherwise no one will come here. And by the time this is done, all of us will have died or moved on. A nicer grocery store such as Kroger and a Walgreens should be in the works real soon. Please consider building the mega site sooner than later. It will attract more people and keep those currently here.

    Wednesday, Jun 28 @ 6:10 am
  • Stephen

    A face lift is needed. But the planners should keep in mind the need to upgrade and expend infrastructures, especially the road network, to accommodate the additional traffic.

    Wednesday, Jun 28 @ 2:31 pm
  • Surf123

    The “mashup of farmland” also reduces the number of residents and therefore traffic, which is beneficial to everyone. As this development continues travel times to the beaches will continue to grow. How about planning a bypass so everyone who is on Rt. 158 can get to the beach, which is where virtually all of the traffic is headed, without having to deal with slow traffic and traffic lights caused by poor development plans.

    Wednesday, Jun 28 @ 3:13 pm
  • Diane White

    Planning and Zoning should include a townmeeting from all the surround towns to have input in the construction of models (such as Banks, Hospital or Medical Facility, Shopping Mall or Trade and Training Schools, Job enhancements, Public Transportation., Senior Living Facilities. Apartments.

    Wednesday, Jun 28 @ 5:51 pm
  • Brett Mohler

    Moyock was a nice sleepy little town. You are destroying it. It will be another miserable overcrowded sess pool. Currituck county officials are completely out of control right now and will pave over anything. I hope all Moyock residents remember when it’s time to vote to throw every incumbent that has anything to do with this out of office.

    Wednesday, Jun 28 @ 8:23 pm
  • MEEEE

    Keep Moyock simple

    Thursday, Jun 29 @ 3:42 am
  • Gregory Honeycutt

    Glad to see Currituck County focusing on the Northern entrance into the County and State. Certainly working with NCDOT with the Moyock bypass will be an important component in future planning. I don’t see how anyone can argue against green space, bike trails and landscaping. These things will provide incentives to improve properties along that corridor.

    Thursday, Jun 29 @ 7:58 am
  • Carol Brinn

    Moyock is a nice place. Building up is not a good idea for those of us who live there. Most of us who moved there did so because of the small town feel.

    Thursday, Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm
  • Geo Gnome

    This corridor is an example of poor planning and what not to do. These voices that threaten the local leaders for instituting planning in an area that is clearly growing is from those who made a beautiful place a literal dump. The hodgepodge of poorly constructed buildings along 168 are an eyesore and is the status quo for the worst areas in the state.

    Thursday, Jun 29 @ 1:17 pm
  • Joan Brindley

    My hope is that adjoining townships along the bypass will work TOGETHER to create a unified, cohesive plan to welcome our visitors from other states, and to enhance that same entryway, while making Currituck pleased with the improvements!

    Thursday, Jun 29 @ 10:45 pm
  • Charlie Brown

    It’s about time!

    I drive through going to my OBX condo and always comment that the area needs retail or at the very least, somewhere to stop and take a break from the long drive.

    Sadly, sometimes “small town feel” looks dumpy to the casual observer. It’s the 2000’s. You need to kerp up with progress.

    Monday, Jul 3 @ 10:52 am
  • bud

    Moyok is much nicer than what the outer banks has become.
    OBX = obnoxious

    Tuesday, Jul 4 @ 6:53 am
  • Amber

    I am a resident of Va Beach, near pungo and drive frequently to Moyock to visit family. I get the vibe that most residents of Moyock prefer the open space and small town feel. Personally, I think Chesapeake is a mess, they build homes and business before infrastructure(roads, water, waste).
    -Never worry about traffic traveling through virginia beach, but looks like I’ll have to deal with chesapeake and now slower moyock traffic as well:/

    Saturday, Jul 8 @ 10:51 am
  • Hj williamsiii

    I move to Moyock in 1993 to get away from at the mess in va.beach and cheaspeake and ALL the traffic ! who are only money hungry and care nothing about space for the animals and all wild ones! The farm land look beautiful ! The people at the most are great country people ! Will get rund with all the new thing they they are going to force on moyock ! A little is good a lot is bad!

    Tuesday, Jul 18 @ 12:33 pm