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Plans for Davidson-area homes approved

KANNAPOLIS Lake Norman developer Mike Shalvoy received the go-ahead Wednesday night for his planned River Pointe at Davidson community off Davidson Road at Rocky River.

The Kannapolis Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve Shalvoy’s plans, after a leading opponent to the subdivision said he was glad that Shalvoy recently agreed to larger lots and fewer homes.

Jimmy McKnight, who lives in North Mecklenburg across the river from the proposed development, said he will even remove his name from a protest petition against the development. “The density is down, the lot sizes are up,” McKnight told the commission at a public hearing before the vote.

McKnight said he appreciated Shalvoy reducing the number of planned home lots from 408 to 338 and increasing lot widths in the 133-acre development from an original 50 feet to 70 feet.

Eight other residents who spoke at the hearing said they remained concerned about traffic on narrow and curvy Davidson Road.

“Our concern about traffic is that we already have a traffic situation there,” Phil Bechtold, who lives in the nearby Hamilton Crest subdivision in Cabarrus County, told the commission.

Shalvoy said he will have a traffic analysis done that would determine what road improvements he will need to make.

The site is about 8 miles from the center of Kannapolis and 4.8 miles from the village green in downtown Davidson. The lowest priced homes in the subdivision will be from $200,000 to $230,000, Shalvoy told the commission. Some residents in nearby subdivisions in northern Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties oppose Shalvoy’s plans because Kannapolis zoning laws would let him build up to three homes per acre. Some live in zoning districts that allow only one home per two acres.

But Shalvoy said his development will be a move up for residents of his adjoining 400-home The Farm at Riverpointe, where sale prices averaged $191,000 last year.

Shalvoy, whose Wayne Patrick Holdings LLC development firm is based in Mooresville, said he’s leaving 47 acres, or 36 percent of the development, as open/green space. Kannapolis requires a minimum of 30 percent.

Cabarrus County Schools officials are studying his offer to have an elementary school and a middle school in the development to which most children could walk, Shalvoy said. He said he will also create an access point, or “trailhead,” along Rocky River to connect the development with the multicounty Carolina Thread Trail.

Marusak: 704-987-3670; Twitter: @ jmarusak.
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