South Charlotte

Sharon Road could play host to townhouses

A vacant piece of property off Sharon Road could become the site of a new townhouse and apartment community, according to a zoning petition filed with the city of Charlotte.

Developer Jason McArthur and Park Sharon Properties LLC have requested a zoning change that would allow as many as 18 single-family attached dwellings and 42 apartments on 4.66 acres at Park and Sharon roads.

The land currently is zoned R-3, prescribing primarily detached single-family housing for suburban residential use, according to Charlotte zoning ordinances.

“We are planning a multifamily project that will consist of stacked flats and fee simple townhomes,” wrote McArthur in an email.

“We are continuing to refine our site plan and our product positioning. We are aiming for the high-end of the market.”

The developer recently requested a deferral of the zoning decision until the March 16 public hearing.

According to city documents cited by Charlotte city planner Sonja Sanders, “The Petitioner is considering adding parcels of land to this rezoning request, and the deferral will provide the Petitioner with the time to pursue this opportunity.”

Land-use planner Kent Main said staff is still evaluating whether the project is suitable for the area. He said staff will be looking at how the project blends with the surrounding area as well as how it affects such variables as traffic.

City Councilman Kenny Smith, who represents District 6 where the land is located, said he hasn’t heard much feedback from residents about the project.

That could change, Smith said, as it gets closer to the public hearing date.

Smith said he expects at least some residents to comment on the loss of a vacant property to one with dozens of residential units.

“Area residents do get used to whatever the status quo is,” he said.

Still, Smith said, there already are entitled uses for the land that residents should know about. For instance, he said, a developer could build 12 single-family homes without  having to go before a public hearing because of the current R-3 zoning.

“My job is to make sure the petitioned land use is a good land use,” Smith said.

“My job is to make sure developers build a good project that fits in the neighborhood.”