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A big development and a controversial Chick-fil-A are up for a vote Monday

The vote on Charlotte’s second Topgolf location will be delayed a month, but City Council is set to decide some other rezoning cases with a big potential impact Monday night.

Here’s a quick look at two of the developments that are up for a vote. Several major projects have requested a deferral of one month, so City Council’s agenda on Monday is a bit lighter than normal.

Major mixed-use east of Charlotte

It could become Charlotte’s next Birkdale Village, a major mixed-use development in what’s mostly been a suburban area of town up to now. MPV Properties is seeking to build a new development on Rocky River Road, just east of Interstate 485, to be called Farmington.

The plan would be big, and half of the 180-acre site is in Cabarrus County. If it’s approved, Farmington would include up to:

▪ 300 townhouses.

▪ 275 apartments.

▪ 120 units of “active senior” housing. This would be an age-restricted, for-sale housing targeting people looking to retire and move to a smaller house.

▪ A 120-room hotel.

▪ A 14-screen movie theater.

▪ A total of 200,000 square feet of retail space.

▪ A total of 160,000 square feet of office space, including medical offices.

A Chick-fil-A on Prosperity Church Road

(Update: As of Monday morning, the developer has requested a one-week deferral on this controversial project. That means City Council would put off the vote until their meeting next Monday.)

It’s not always easy to predict what will draw the most ire from community members during a rezoning, but the Chick-fil-A proposed at the northeast corner of Ridge Road and Prosperity Church Road has spurred strong opposition. Some nearby residents claim it will draw too much traffic. They say the area should try to become more walkable, not allow a restaurant with drive-thru windows.

The fuss over one fast-food restaurant might seem overblown, but City Council spent about an hour last month discussing the Chick-fil-A at a rezoning hearing. City planning staff are recommending that City Council vote to deny the rezoning request. But the Zoning Committee, an advisory board, is urging City Council to approve the plan (The Zoning Committee members are split 4 to 2 in favor).

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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