A coalition of neighbors and local business owners is appealing an April decision by the Statesville Board of Adjustment allowing construction of a Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store.
The papers were filed May 13 in Iredell County Court.
Following 15 hours of testimony last month, the board decided a ruling by Planning Commissioner David Currier to allow truck stops as a use in the property’s zoning, known as B-4, was correct.
The decision became controversial because truck stops aren’t listed as an allowable use in any of the city’s zoning districts; however, Currier concluded a truck stop should be allowed at the site because all the other uses proposed by Love’s – including a restaurant, gas pumps and convenience store – are allowed under the land’s B-4 zoning.
Michael Schlesinger, spokesman for the coalition, said he believes the group stands a good chance of reversing the decision.
“We feel that there were many errors made by the Planning Board in this case, resulting in a fundamental misinterpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance,” Schlesinger said.
Opponents of the truck stop have consistently claimed the city’s decision was faulty from the start because a truck stop is not specifically listed as a permitted use.
The proposed Love’s Truck Stop, at Interstate 40, exit 154, would be similar to its facilities on many major interstates, including parking for trucks and cars, a 24-hour fueling station and tire shop, showers for truck drivers and two restaurants: A McDonalds and a Chester’s Chicken.
If residents do not win on appeal, the site plan for the truck stop still must be approved by the city’s technical review committee, the Planning Board and the City Council before construction can begin.
Dave Vieser is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Dave? Email him at email@example.com.
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