Amicus Engineering is asking commissioners to add a section to the town ordinance that would allow construction of a “low impact transitional district” on the edge of downtown Mint Hill.
In areas downtown, the code currently allows residential development at six units per acre. Outside the downtown area, the maximum density is two units per acre.
This new district would allow four units per acre but with very strict requirements regarding the preservation of the natural features, such as trees and minimal grading of the site. It also would require energy-efficient construction.
If the text is approved, Amicus's Nick Parker says a development group his company is working with would like to use the new guidelines to develop 30 acres at the end of Large Oak Lane off N.C. 218.
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In other business, commissioners:
Approved a request by New Beginnings Community Church to allow construction of a 19,000-square-foot family life center next to their current worship center at 7027 Stillwell Road and Margaret Wallace Road.
Approved a conditional use permit that will allow construction of a 15,000- square-foot, three-story office building and a 14,000-square-foot Tutor Time day care center on 2.9 acres behind Wendy's in the Mint Hill Pavilion Shopping Center along N.C. 51.