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Waxhaw commissioners to vote on rezoning requests for sports complex and townhomes

The Waxhaw Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on two rezonings Dec. 3, one for a sports complex and one for a townhome development. David Broxton has requested to rezone more than 61 acres of currently vacant property at Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road and Providence Road South to build a sports complex with three soccer fields as well as some residential and some commercial uses. Broxton bought the property recently from Charlotte-based All American Properties LLC.

Broxton hasn’t indicated what type of residential and commercial development would be built on the property.

A public hearing on the rezoning was held during the commissioners’ Nov. 10 meeting.

Broxton has requested that the property be rezoned to office, institutional and specialty uses (OIS) from conditional use single-family residential zoning (CU-R2). Provisions of OIS include gross floor areas for retail establishments being less than 5,000 square feet, unless a conditional use permit or conditional zoning is granted.

Five people spoke against the rezoning during the public hearing. They were concerned about increased traffic and believed the commercial use of soccer fields wasn’t appropriate in that area. There were also concerns about stormwater runoff.

The Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend the proposal to the Board of Commissioners.

The commissioners are also expected to vote on Charlotte-based Development Solutions Group’s (DSG) request to rezone 7.3 acres to neighborhood mixed-use from general commercial zoning with a conditional use (CU-C3).

The land is owned by Charlotte-based Tanner Ridge LLC.

Kent Olson, DSG’s principal, said during the commissioners’ Nov. 10 meeting that the developer wants to build townhomes on the property. The land, which is at 5401 Waxhaw-Marvin Road and includes a parcel west of that site, currently has a single-family home on it.

The town approved the CU-C3 zoning in November 2007. It allows for a 37,500-square-foot whole-sale warehouse facility and 13,605 square feet of office space to be built on the property.  Before that, the land was zoned for single-family residential development.

The zoning the developer is seeking allows for buildings that can have retail space, offices, townhomes and apartments.  The site is adjacent to single-family residential development and light industrial development.

Olson said in an email that the company plans to build 49 townhome units. The residences would be large homes featuring master bedrooms on the main level and two-car garages, and the units would be marketed to people who are at least 55 years old.

The town’s planning staff has recommended against the rezoning and the Planning Board voted 7-0 in October to not recommend the rezoning to the Board of Commissioners, citing the town’s current process of amending its Downtown Code and the fact that the applicant is seeking a general use rezoning, rather than a conditional rezoning.

The staff recommended against the rezoning because the development wouldn’t conform to Waxhaw’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2009 and calls for low-density residential development on the property, said Chris Rice, a planner II for the town.

That 2030 Comprehensive Plan, a guide for development over the next couple of decades, is in the process of being revised and is scheduled to be adopted by the Board of Commissioners in early 2016, Rice said.

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