Southern Pines' origin illustrates the power and importance of planning. Once a place where trees were harvested and processed to the point of resource exhaustion, a type of long-range plan was crafted - initially called "Vineland" - to help sell and establish the town as a resort community. Over time, the concept succeeded, with residents attracted by the Town's vision gradually making it their own, and establishing shared civic priorities, expectations and goals. Today, much of the original Vineland plat survives as the core of Southern Pines in a form that the Town's founders would recognize and appreciate.
The Town's inherent charm and livability has been "discovered" in a context of wealth and mobility never envisioned prior to World War II, and pressures have emerged that threaten the very qualities that have defined Southern Pines for so many years - qualities most residents hope never to lose.
Current neighbors of the Elks Club, former neighbors and Southern Pines residents all of whom greatly value having the green space provided by the Elks Little Nine Golf Course, the driving ranges and the surrounding woodlands for the last sixty-seven years; have created the Little Nine Conservancy to protect this area from over development by developers. The Little Nine built circa 1906 has become a place where residents walk their dogs, bike, play with their children in the winter time, and the Pinecrest High School is able to host their track meets. The Conservancy is an effort by the residents of Southern Pines and the surrounding Sandhills area to preserve this wonderful wooded area.
Our Goal: Purchase a conservation easement from the Southern Pines Elks Lodge 1692 to protect the natural surroundings of a historic golf course and adjoining woodlands.
Our Mission: To protect and sustain 100 acres of historic Elks Club land for our future generations to enjoy.
Citizens of Southern Pines envision the continued provision of a unique, diverse and active recreation and parks system, supporting uses suitable to all stages of life. Residents of Southern Pines recognize the tremendous value of their parks, recreational opportunities and open space areas, and see them as a cornerstone of what makes Southern Pines special. Such amenities - whether public or private (as in the case of golf or equestrian areas) - are prized. Residents envision having these same essential amenities continue over time, with improvements and expansion following the pace of new growth.
Comprehensive Long-Range Plan, p. 1-1, March 2016
Comprehensive Long-Range Plan, p. 2-2, March 2016