The 20 acres of land near the intersection of Stallings and Idlewild Roads, on the border of Mint Hill and Union County, will remain vacant - at least for a while.
Monday evening, Matthews commissioners voted against a zoning request that would have allowed multifamily and office development on the site.
Developer Steve Sanders, of the Sandstone Group, needed the zoning changed so he could build apartments and several office buildings on the land, which also borders Interstate 485.
At the public hearing and in several other meetings, some residents from Matthews, Stallings and Mint Hill urged Matthews commissioners to vote no. They claimed the new development would exacerbate traffic at the already crowded intersection and ruin the small town, quiet atmosphere they enjoy.
Mayor Jim Taylor said the board also recently received a letter from Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers and Mint Hill commissioners asking for a denial of the zoning as part of a 1997 agreement between the two towns that stated the area around the interchange should remain single-family residential.
Kress Query made the motion to deny the rezoning petition, saying the request was not in line with the town's current land use plan.
The motion to deny passed 5-2, with commissioners John Urban and Jeff Miller voting to approve the zoning change.
After the vote, Taylor suggested that Sanders get in touch with the property owners across Stallings Road who also unsuccessfully tried to get approval for a higher density development.
He said that if the two parties worked together, he believed they could come up with a project that would be beneficial to all concerned.