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Monday night: Mixed-use developments, more apartments up at zoning meeting

Proponents and opponents of a rezoning petition to allow subsidized low-income apartments at Weddington Road in south Charlotte display their views during the Charlotte City Council zoning meeting in January 2014.
Proponents and opponents of a rezoning petition to allow subsidized low-income apartments at Weddington Road in south Charlotte display their views during the Charlotte City Council zoning meeting in January 2014. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

After two months, I bet some of you are feeling what I’m feeling right now: Zoning meeting withdrawal.

Yes, there was no Charlotte City Council zoning meeting last month. Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. in the government center uptown to consider and vote on proposed land use changes (and more apartments) from NoDa to South End to Providence Road in southeast Charlotte.

These meetings have ballooned in length, and City Council is trying to streamline the process. And the city is preparing to embark on a rewrite of its zoning ordinance as well.

On Monday, here are a few of the bigger projects on the agenda (you can read the whole agenda here):

▪ NoDa apartments: City Council is set to vote on a proposal by Southern Apartment Group for an apartment complex with up to 250 units at 27th and North Davidson streets. A protest petition against the complex by neighbors has been withdrawn. (Don’t forget, the legislature has abolished protest petitions, so new projects won’t face them.)

▪ Mixed use on Providence Road: Crescent Communities is planning a 72-acre mixed-use development next to the Waverly development that’s underway on Providence Road just south of Interstate 485. The rezoning petition would allow for up to 30,000 square feet of office space, restaurants, a 150-room hotel and 600 residences. The residences would be of multiple types, including duplex, three- and four-unit designs. The land is currently vacant and is zoned for a residential subdivision.

But city staff is recommending against the rezoning request in its present form, which it says is too vague and inconsistent with the area plan. The rezoning would also worsen congestion on Providence Road, staff said. Crescent will have a chance to rebut those concerns during the hearing Monday.

▪ Pepsi Bottling site in South End: Lennar Multifamily, an apartment developer, is proposing a plan that would replace the Pepsi Bottling industrial building on South Boulevard. Lennar hasn’t said exactly what they’ll build, but if approved, it would be a transit-oriented development tied in to the New Bern light rail station on the Blue Line. This is down the street from the new Publix Super Market and across the street from the former Sedgefield Shopping Center.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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