Lumbee Tribe Dream Catcher Project gets boost from county Board of Commissioners

Jun. 8—LUMBERTON — The Dream Catcher project took yet another step forward Monday, propelled by a vote of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners.

The Lumbee Tribe’s request to place houses on about eight acres of land on Evergreen Church Road in Burnt Swamp was made to Robeson County Community Development in 2017 and heard by the Robeson County Planning Board in November 2017, said Dixon Ivey, Jr., director of RCCD. The request went back to the Planning Board in February 2018 for the final plat approval and was approved by county commissioners in May 2018.

“However, the map was never recorded. It had been approved. The subdivision had been approved,” Ivey said.

“It never got recorded and when they came back in to start construction, they had to get the map recorded so they could use deeds for the lots. By that time our subdivision ordinance had changed,” he added.

The tribe had to rezone it so it could meet subdivision requirements, Ivey said.

“The infrastructure and everything is already in on this project. But like I said, they’re getting ready to start building houses so they had to get the map reapproved,” Ivey said.

Fifteen homes are to be built in the community. They are planned as three-bedroom, two-bath stick-built homes.Commissioner Judy Sampson, in whose district the project is located, asked about installing fencing around the community center that existed before the project began.”We would say that that’s an added expense that would actually reduce housing for other families,” said David McGirt, Lumbee […]

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