HUNTERSVILLE – In a 5-2 split vote, the town Planning Board on Dec. 18 approved an alteration to the conditional rezoning and site plan of a commercial development at the busy intersection of Old Statesville and Sam Furr roads to allow the construction of an automobile service center.
The vote by the appointed Planning Board means Charlotte-based Clearwater Development Partners’ proposed expansion and altered use of Huntersville Plaza will move forward to a scheduled Jan. 7 meeting of the elected town Board of Commissioners for final action.
Those changes would clear the way for Clearwater to add a 5,000-square-foot building to house a future Christian Bros. franchise automotive service center to Huntersville Plaza, said David Peete, principal town planner for Huntersville.
The split-decision vote recommends to the commissioners an alteration in the site plan for the 2.54-acre Phase 2 area of the 4.6-acre plaza. Phase 1 is now home to a home to day care center, a parking lot and empty future development pad.
The Dec. 18 vote also recommends the commissioners OK a change of wording in the current 2008 conditional highway commercial rezoning to remove “vehicle/boat service or repair” from the prohibited uses for the tract.
Despite the Planning Board recommendation, a thumbs-up from the Board of Commissioners is far from assured. Because a petition of protest was filed against the proposal on Nov. 20, it must be approved by a three-quarters supermajority of the town board, meaning five of the six commissioners would have to vote “yes.”
The protest petition was filed by nearby landowner Ryland Winston. According to his handwritten letter on file with the Huntersville planning department, Winston said he doesn’t oppose the car repair shop per se. Instead, he said, he is disputing an easement on his property that would allow a new driveway access to the plaza necessary for Phase 2 to move forward.
The two planning board members who voted “no,” of the seven present for the Dec. 18 meeting, were Harold Bankirer and Robert Cameron.
The Jan. 7 town Board of Commissioners meeting on the changes approved Tuesday by the Planning Board will be at 6:30 p.m. in Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.
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