The Lincoln County Planning Board on Monday night unanimously recommended plans by Essex Homes for a 200-home community in the eastern part of the county.
Newton Crossing would be on 70 acres on the east side of two-lane N.C. 16 Business, just south of Sarah Drive and Webbs Road near Lake Norman. An additional 17 acres would be donated to the Lincoln County Schools for an elementary school, said Robert Davis, a consultant for the developer.
Homes would range from $275,000 to at least $350,000, Davis said.
Essex Homes is based in Columbia and has a Charlotte office. The builder hopes to have the first model homes up by spring 2017, Davis said.
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The Planning Board voted 9-0 in favor of the plans. The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners, which has final say, will consider a vote on the project at an upcoming meeting.