The Charlotte City Council was bombarded Monday with concerns from residents regarding the proposed Independence Boulevard Area Plan.
Ed Garber, an Independence Boulevard-area resident, said businesses and property owners along the corridor don’t know what the future of Independence Boulevard will be and whether it will include bus rapid transit, light rail or high-occupancy vehicle or toll lanes.
Like many, Garber asked the council to wait to approve the plan until a land-use study from the Urban Land Institute is complete in October.
Jim Cavalaris, a property owner along Independence Boulevard, questioned the council’s decision to orient the area plan around transit stations that have not been built or may not be built for years to come.
“We’ve suffered for years,” Cavalaris said. “I just want to know that something’s going to be built.”
Mayor Anthony Foxx said the council’s delay in a decision about what kind of mass transit will be used in the corridor might be causing the confusion.
“In trying to please everybody on Independence Boulevard, we’ve created the problem of uncertainty,” Foxx said. “By committing, we will be giving this market certainty.”
After hearing the concerns Monday, the council decided to close the public comment period. The city’s economic development committee will review the plan and make its recommendation to the council.
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