Mooresville OKs Lake Norman community

Mooresville commissioners late Monday unanimously approved a rezoning for a 136-acre development at the Cornelius Creek section of Lake Norman.

Developer Hinckley Gauvain LLC plans to build 164 single-family homes and 38 condominiums off Big Indian Loop and Little Indian Lane, south of Cornelius Road and a proposed Interstate 77 Exit 38.

Eric Wood has told the Observer that waterfront homes in his company’s unnamed development would cost $1 million or more and other homes $400,000 to $600,000.

Dozens of Big Indian Loop residents packed Mooresville Town Hall to protest the development, largely over safety on the narrow and curvy two-lane road. With three proposed entrances off Big Indian Loop, the development would spill too much traffic onto their road, residents said.

Commissioners approved the rezoning after the developer agreed to create a main entrance off nearby Bluefield Road and have it serve as the construction entrance as well.

The developer also agreed to a 20-foot buffer of trees between homes and Big Indian Loop, doubling the original 10-foot buffer. The developer also won’t extend water and sewer lines along Big Indian Loop to the development and will ask the state Department of Transportation to lower the road’s speed limit.

Representatives of the developer said the community will feature open space, sidewalks, walking paths and a park with benches and chairs.

“They have a vision for this community, not just to build houses,” Eliza Harris of Canin Associates, a planning and design firm from Orlando, Fla., told the commissioners.

Plans for the property originally called for a continual care community to include about 350 independent living units, 50 assisted living suites and 90 nursing care units, but the developer is no longer pursuing that type of housing.

Steven Rotman, who served as a spokesman for his fellow longtime Big Indian Loop residents, said after the board’s vote that residents hoped the town board would order the developer to close one of the proposed entrances to Big Indian Loop. He said it will mean more traffic on an already dangerous stretch of road that includes a lack of sight distance for motorists turning out of the development.