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Stallings approves single-family, townhome rezonings

The Stallings Town Council voted 5-0 Monday night to approve a 40 single-family home subdivision that will be built by Ryland Homes.

The council voted to rezone 16.95 acres to conditional R-10 zoning, which allows about four homes per acre, from R-20, which allows for two homes per acre. The land is south of Pleasant Plains Road near Morningwood Drive.

Ryland held a community meeting on the project Sept. 23, and 20 residents attended.

Residents were concerned about how the proposed development would affect traffic in the area; water pressure at existing homes; school capacity; and property values.

According to the town, the nearby Porter Ridge Middle School and Porter Ridge High School are approaching their student capacity levels. Those campuses are part of Union County Public Schools.

The council also voted 3-2 to approve a rezoning for a 96-townhome development.  District 2 Councilman Rocky Crenshaw and District 1 Councilman Regis Griffin voted against the development. District 5 Councilman Tony Linhares was absent for the meeting.

The more than 11 acres, on the north side of Old Monroe Road east of the Morningside subdivision, was zoned R-20. The rezoning to conditional multifamily residential will allow developer, Liquid Development LLC to build about 8.5 townhomes per acre.

According to the town, 19 residents attended an Oct. 6 community meeting about the project with the Moser Group, who represented the developer. Morningside residents were concerned about the entrances and exits to the development as well as the proposed connections to their subdivision.

The residents were also concerned about an increase in traffic on Old Monroe Road as well as water pressure to their homes being further decreased because of the additional residences.

Other concerns raised included  the capacity for water and stormwater and sewage treatment, and a negative impact on their property values.

Construction on the development is scheduled to start in July 2016 and be completed about a year later, documents the developer submitted to the town indicate.

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