CHARLOTTE – The City Council this week approved the rezoning of 46 acres for an industrial park in west Charlotte, as well as 31 acres for an apartment complex in southwest Charlotte. The measures were approved by a vote of 10-0, with Patsy Kinsey absent.
Plans for the park, on the north side of Wilkinson Boulevard east of Old Dowd Road, call for up to 430,000 square feet of industrial use, with a maximum of six structures on the site. Developers would install a six-foot sidewalk and eight-foot planting strip along Wilkinson Boulevard, landscape buffers abutting any residential use and vehicular access via two driveway connections.
Developer Brookwood Capital Partners requested the change from general industrial, light industrial and single-family residential to general industrial conditional use. The land is in the Lake Wylie protected area, which puts limits on future development.
The land is included in the Dixie Berryhill Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2003 when rapid transit was anticipated along Wilkinson Boulevard. That plan identifies the site as part of a transit-oriented community and recommends multifamily and retail mixed uses. However, the city zoning staff found the outline outdated because there are currently no plans for rapid transit along the corridor.
Calls to Brookwood Capital Partners for further information were not returned.
The council also approved a Philadelphia real estate development company’s request to rezone land for a multifamily development of up to 295 units on the west side of West Tyvola Road, south of South Tryon Street. Plans for the 31-acre property, dubbed Sycamore at Tyvola, call for six buildings no more than four stories high, a 1,200-foot walking trail, a pool, meeting space and outdoor cooking facilities.
Switzenbaum & Associates had asked the council to rezone the site to multifamily residential, conditional, from business park, conditional. The city zoning committee originally found the developers plans inconsistent with the Southwest District Plan, which recommends business park use for the property, and general development policies that endorse six units per acre. Sycamore at Tyvola would have a density of 9.5 units per acre.
However, the committee also found the proposed use and density consistent with surrounding residential developments and recommended approval of the petition.
District 3 Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, a Democrat, said there were several council members who were concerned that the plan had no restrictions on vinyl siding being placed on the apartment buildings. Walter Fields, the agent representing Switzenbaum & Associates, agreed to not use such material.
Mayor Dan Clodfelter spoke up, saying Mayfield’s request did not coincide with N.C. law governing zoning and design standards.
“If we don’t enforce quality development, who is responsible?” Mayfield responded. “If we’re not going to have this conversation, who will?”
Clodfelter said he agreed with her policy concerns but the council had no right to supersede the powers delegated to it. The rules, he said “are not wise to ignore.”
However, since Fields had voluntarily promised not to use vinyl, the petition approval stood.
Hearing on northeast apartments
The City Council held a public hearing on Halvorsen Development Corp.’s plans to build a retail and residential mixed-use community that would include 292 multifamily units. The 28-acre property, at Prosperity Church and Ridge roads, would include up to 100,000 square feet of office and retail space at Prosperity Church and Ridge roads.
The Florida-based developer wants the zoning changed to commercial center district, along with a site plan amendment from single-family residential and commercial center district. The development would be accessible from Ridge, Prosperity Church, and Benefield roads.
Residents from the area voiced their opposition to the proposed project, saying they prefer home ownership to rental units. There also were concerns that the development would be approved before the more encompassing Prosperity Hucks Plan is finalized.
The city is proposing the plan to guide development in the fast-growing northeast corner of Charlotte near the Huntersville and Cabarrus County lines, especially in light of the anticipated opening of nearby Interstate 485 around the end of the year. On both sides of I-485, there are several large tracts of undeveloped land.
The plan seeks to provide a blueprint for the creation of a walkable, mixed-use “village”; improved traffic flow; and integrated greenways, bike paths and parks with higher density development at the core transitioning to lower density development at the outskirts.
Neighborhood groups in the area have protested, at meetings and on the streets, proposals for apartments near the intersection of Prosperity Church Road and the new I-485 extension. The neighbors want to see more retail shops and open space and are concerned about traffic congestion that could accompany high-density development.
Other council actions:
- The council approved a site plan amendment from Childress Klein Properties for 18.8 acres at the intersection of Johnston and Marvin roads. The developer wants to add second-story carriage units above garages and was not seeking an increase in the maximum number of dwelling units. The development will have a maximum of 281 apartment and carriage house units.
- The council held a public hearing on New Carolina Income Properties request for a zoning change on .75 acres in Dilworth to build 12 town houses with individual garages. The site, on the northeast corner of East Tremont and Euclid avenues, would have to be rezoned to transit-oriented development – residential, optional, historic district overlay from urban residential, conditional, historic district overlay.
- The council held a public hearing on Pavilion Development Corp.’s request to rezone 1.8 acres at the intersection of Nations Ford and Tyvola roads to install a 7-Eleven convenience store and gas station. Rezoning would have to be changed to commercial center, with a site plan amendment, from commercial center.
- The council deferred a decision on George Macon’s request for a change in zoning for 4.65 acres at the intersection of Ardrey Kell and Marvin roads to office, conditional from single family residential and mixed use. The land is currently an open space in a town home community. Macon is seeking the rezoning to comply with an ordinance to provide access to a proposed commercial project. A decision was deferred until November.
- The council deferred a decision on Wilkison Partners’ petition for a rezoning of 6.2 acres at the intersection of Youngblood Road and Shelburne Farms Drive at The Palisades to mixed use with a site plan amendment, Lower Lake Wylie critical area, from mixed use, Lower Lake Wylie critical area. The company wants to develop a residential community of 30 town homes. A decision was deferred until November.
- The council deferred a decision on Marsh Properties’ request for a rezoning of 59.4 acres on the east side of South Boulevard between, and on both sides of, Poindexter Drive and Elmhurst Road to mixed-use development, optional and urban residential, conditional with five-year vested rights. The property is currently zoned neighborhood business, general business, office, multifamily residential and single-family residential. The land is currently used for retail and multifamily housing and includes a restaurant. Marsh Properties wants to redevelop the site with a transit supportive mixed/multi-use community of retail, office and residential units. A decision was deferred until November.
- The council deferred a decision on 7th Street Progressive Partners’ petition to rezone 1.5 acres on the north side of East 7th Street between Clement and Pecan avenues to mixed-use development, optional, from neighborhood business. The company wants to develop an apartment building with a maximum of 95 units. A decision was deferred until Oct. 27.