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Deferred Lake Norman Hyundai rezoning request to go before Cornelius commissioners

CORNELIUS — After being deferred earlier this week, a rezoning request that would allow a car dealership to make a major expansion is scheduled to resurface next month on the meeting agenda of the Cornelius Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to put the commercial rezoning request, from Lake Norman Hyundai on Chartwell Center Drive, on hold so tweaks could be made to the site plan.

The plan — which calls for building, on a 5.9-acre parcel, a 23,169-square-foot sales and service building with a parking lot for 362 vehicles and driveways to an Interstate 77 access road — has been given the OK by three appointed advisory boards: the planning board on Feb. 11 and the transportation and architectural review boards in November.

The project requires a rezoning from residential to highway commercial and a conditional-use permit specific to the project.

Before voting unanimously to recommend the rezoning to the town’s Board of Commissioners, planning board members expressed minor concerns about drivers parking on the street near the existing building. The dealership promised to provide on-site parking for its employees.

The existing building is 16,873 square feet and won conditional permits from the town in 1998 and 2011.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the rezoning request at 7 p.m. March 4 at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Tony Brown can be reached at [email protected], (704) 247-2912 or on Twitter at @tonymecktimes.

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