End of Point Road may be closed

Published 10:28 am Thursday, February 14, 2019

County commissioners will hold a public hearing March 4 on whether to close a portion of the end of Point Road in southern Davie.

The Land Trust for Central North Carolina, which owns property on both sides of the .9 mile section of the road, made the request. Commissioners earlier this month adopted a resolution stating the intent to close that portion of the road, pending the public hearing.

The land trust has already petitioned the N.C. Department of Transportation to remove state maintenance.

“This area is uninhabited and is prone to receive all types of nefarious activity and trespassing,” Cody Fulk, stewardship director for the trust, wrote in a letter to the DOT. “The proposed ending of Point Road would significantly reduce the number of trespass cases dealt with by land trust staff and local authorities. It would further protect the conservation values of the property, especially in the case of littering and dumping. The road right of way extending into land trust property serves no public benefit other than providing an area for seclusion and trespass.”

County commissioner Richard Poindexter asked if the land trust knew how hard it would be to re-open the road after it is closed, and county planning director Andrew Meadwell said that they did.

The public hearing will be held as part of the board’s regular March meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at the county administration building in Downtown Mocksville.