Tom Waters with Provident Land Services said the company wants to build a 47-home subdivision on 19.31 acres on South Trade Street in Matthews.
To do so, the land must be rezoned, because the proposed average 10,000-square-feet lot sizes are smaller than the 15,000-square-feet lots allowed in the existing zoning.
The property is at 1011-1121 St. Trade St., between Country Place and Chesney Glen, and across the street from Hampton Green; it backs up to the Scout Hut at Matthews United Methodist Church.
The development would be called Fullwood Station. The all-brick homes would range from 2,000-4,000 square feet and sell in the $400,000 price range.
Waters said innovative ideas include a variety of house plans, several multigenerational houses, some basement lots, two pocket parks and several parking places in front of community mailboxes. It also would feature walking trails through the wetlands that would remain undeveloped.
At the recent public hearing, commissioners, Planning Board members and several residents had questions and concerns about the project.
Mayor Jim Taylor questioned whether most of those items are truly innovative. Other commissioners were concerned about the number of units on the property and the additional traffic the development would create.
Residents expressed concerns about additional traffic, loss of wildlife habitat, flooding and exposed detention ponds.
Taylor cautioned commissioners to be selective when choosing what is built there. “I want to be optimistic that we can find a good project that would benefit the town. I just don’t think we’re there yet,” Taylor said.
The Matthews Planning and Zoning Board will discuss the zoning request at its Jan. 6 meeting and send a recommendation to commissioners for a potential vote at the Jan. 12 commissioners’ meeting.