Mixed-use center planned

Residents can weigh in this week on a Charlotte developer's plans to develop 74 acres at Davidson Concord Road and N.C. 73 as a mixed-use community that could include stores, offices, homes and civic uses.

Childress Klein Properties and the property owners are proposing a conditional planning area master plan for the Mayes property north and east of the intersection, Davidson Planning Manager Lauren Blackburn said. The land is now used for agriculture.

Town planners will have a planning charrette Wednesday and Thursday for residents to learn more about the plans and offer input.

A charrette is a planning session where residents, government officials help create a vision for what a proposed development should include and how it should be designed to fit in with the rest of the community.

The charrette will be at the River Run Country Club clubhouse, 19125 River Falls Drive, and will include a Wednesday afternoon walk of the 74-acre property, owned by the Mayes family.

Issues such as regional transportation, building design and the relationships of development to nearby land uses will be discussed at the charrette, Blackburn said. The charrette will produce conceptual alternatives for the site, as opposed to specific plans, she said.

"The developer has not submitted any plans to staff for review," Blackburn said.

The charrette will identify key concerns and opportunities as well as numerous alternatives for the overall form of development, she said.

"The public is encouraged to attend the charrette to have the most influence on the shape of the (conditional planning area) master plan," Blackburn said.

On Wednesday, discussions with regional stakeholders will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Floyd Room of the clubhouse. A visit to the property will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m., with everyone gathering at the large tree beside June Washam Road for the tour.

Thursday, a coffee and question-and-answer session with area residents will be from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Floyd Room. Discussions with regional stakeholders and utility providers, followed by a design workshop, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., a comment session will be in the clubhouse ballroom, followed by a session from 7 to 9 p.m. where town planners will write out and post ideas offered during the charrette.

Call to have bulk items collected

Starting Jan. 1, residents who want the city to collect old appliances, bulk metal or used tires will have to call the city's customer care center at 704-920-5555 to schedule curbside collection.

Bulk metal includes such items as disassembled swing sets, bicycles and metal bed frames.

Property owners could face code enforcement penalties if they leave such items on the curb without having scheduled them for collection, city officials announced recently.

By requiring people to schedule a collection, the city can save the cost of one of the two trucks that now collect such items, said Allen Scott, director of solid waste services.

"The retirement of one co-worker this year will allow us to eliminate his position ... and move the truck into reserve status," Scott said in announcing the new requirement.

Eliminating the need for one of the two collection trucks will save the city 30,000 miles of driving, 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel and about $55,000 annually, he said.