More than 80 people turned out Monday night to review and react to the proposed Waxhaw Comprehensive Plan for future growth.
Here are some highlights, according to Waxhaw planner Bryan Lightfoot and Leigh Anne King of Clarion Associates, which is helping create the plan:
Support for a formal inventory of historic properties. I've taken the walking tour with commissioner Joyce Blythe and was surprised at the number of historic sites in just downtown.
Support for more bike lanes. Provisions could be made on roads slated for improvement; Waxhaw-Marvin Road is one possibility.
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Opposition to building higher density residences to revitalize downtown and make it more pedestrian friendly.
Suggestions that future developments along Providence Road have greater setbacks and tree buffers.
Support for park land, open space and preserving rural areas between neighboring towns, so Waxhaw doesn't become an indistinguishable part of a larger suburban sprawl. (Having grown up on Long Island, N.Y., I can relate. Only the train stations on the Long Island RR gave a clue to where you were.) To learn more about the plan, visit www.waxhaw.com/.