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Planning Board OKs two Bailey’s Glen rezonings

The Cornelius Planning Board on Monday unanimously recommended the approval of two rezoning requests for further development of the Bailey’s Glen retirement community.

The town Board of Commissioners is scheduled to make a decision on a rezoning for an amenities building at its Dec. 1 meeting, and is scheduled to consider a condominium rezoning amendment Dec. 15, after developer Bluestream Partners LLC meets with the Parks, Art, Recreation & Culture Department on Dec. 4.

The town in 2006 approved the Bailey’s Glen master plan with a conditional village center zoning, but developer Jake Palillo of Bluestream had revised plans for a three-building condominium complex on 7.5 acres. Those changes include making the buildings four stories instead of three and adding 36 units for a total of 132, which required amending the conditional zoning.

A density of four units per acre is permitted there, and Bluestream’s proposed change would take it to 3.36 units per acre from 3.2 units. The condos would be built on the property’s western edge, along N.C. 115 and railroad tracks.

In addition, the company is seeking a rezoning of 1.2 acres just south of Bailey’s Glen in order to build a 7,500-square-foot community workshop building that would include a greenhouse for a community garden and spaces for woodworking, crafts, public gathering and storage. Bluestream is requesting a rezoning from rural preservation to conditional neighborhood residential.

The Cornelius planning staff recommended approval as well, with a few conditions.

The conditions include Palillo working with the parks department on development issues that would impact the nearby Bailey Road Park.

Those include designing a stormwater pond near the park that would be aesthetically consistent with an existing pond; building a sidewalk along N.C. 115 that ties to an existing path to the park; creating a wide walkway to the park that could also possibly be used for emergency vehicle access; and the possible relocation of an existing disc golf course and construction of pickle ball courts and a concession stand in the park, which Bluestream would then turn over to the town. Pickle ball combines elements of tennis and badminton and is an increasingly popular game.

Palillo also asked that he not be required to extend Bailey Park Nature Drive from the subdivision into the park. The planning staff agreed, saying the road would bisect the park, but the staff recommended Bailey’s Glen reserve a right of way at the road’s stub in case a road is desired there in the future.

Palillo agreed to abide by the recommended conditions.

So far, about 100 single-family homes have been built in the age-restricted subdivision. Plans at build-out are for 523 single-family and multifamily units on about 151 acres.

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