Plans are taking shape to build two residential subdivisions at the southern end of Mooresville, awaiting final approval before construction begins.
Planned a few miles apart, the subdivisions are expected to include about 375 single-family homes. They are moving forward amid a steady uptick in residential development in the Lake Norman area, especially in southern Iredell and northern Mecklenburg counties.
“Things are definitely moving at a better clip than they were,” Craig Culberson, a senior planner for the town, said of such development.
The larger of the two encompasses about 105 acres of undeveloped farmland along Coddle Creek Highway, calling for 275 homes. Once owned by a family, the land comprises three properties that straddle the highway, N.C. 3, between its intersections with Rocky River and Williford roads.
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The developer, Mattamy Homes, is expected to move forward with its construction plan as quickly as possible, Culberson said. He added that the North American home-builder intends to have the subdivision built by 2018.
A concept plan for the long-stalled development was unanimously approved by commissioners in early December, along with a rezoning request by the developer. It was recommended by the planning board the month before.
The site was initially rezoned for a subdivision years ago, in 2007, at the request of a different developer. Calling for 235 single-family homes, that plan never materialized.
The new request was meant to do away with certain conditions attached to the original plan for the subdivision, including road improvements recommended by a required traffic impact study.
The developer has since replaced that study with a new one. As of early January, the state Department of Transportation and the town were reviewing the new study, which recommends turn lanes and a traffic signal.
Even with those road improvements, the development could have a “huge impact” on traffic flow in the area, particularly along N.C. 3, creating a potentially “very unsafe place” for motorists, warned Dwayne Thompson, a nearby resident. He was speaking before commissioners at a public hearing on the project at their December meeting.
Among the original conditions included in the new plan are buffers along Coddle Creek and Rocky River roads that would include berms and evergreen trees, as well as a paved trail and a sidewalk between the subdivision and at least two nearby schools. While a plan for a more than 5-acre public park was scrapped, the subdivision would include recreational trails.
About a few miles east, a plan is moving forward for another subdivision at the intersection of Shearers Road and Blackwelder Farm Drive, calling for nearly 100 single-family homes.
The developer, Eastwood Construction LLC, plans to finish building it by the end of 2017, Culberson said. The Charlotte-based homebuilder has already completed a traffic impact study for the project, which calls for turn lanes along Shearers Road.
Near several other residential developments, the site comprises 10 properties totaling nearly 35 acres. It includes a mobile home park, which the developer intends to remove, Culberson noted.
Some of those properties are outside town limits, in what is known as its extraterritorial jurisdiction. But Mooresville plans to annex them this summer at the request of the developer, he said.
Also at their Dec. 7 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a request by the developer to rezone the site, in this case to increase housing density from two units per acre to three. The request was also recommended by the planning board the month before.
One nearby homeowner, Gary Eller, expressed concern that the subdivision could affect property values, telling commissioners at the meeting that he bought his brick home on a one-acre property about a year ago for its relatively affordable price.
“We’d like to have something comparable to what we currently live in,” he said.
Jake Flannick is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org