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Residential rezonings approved in Ballantyne, University City area

The Charlotte City Council on Monday approved rezoning petitions for 15 acres at North Community House and Paulston roads and 20 acres near Interstate 485 and North Tryon Street that will lead to a mixture of residential development.

David Weekley Homes plans to build up to 87 townhomes and single-family homes on 15 acres in Ballantyne following the Charlotte City Council's approval of the homebuilder's rezoning request. Photo by Sharon Roberts

David Weekley Homes plans to build up to 87 townhomes and single-family homes on 15 acres in Ballantyne following the Charlotte City Council’s approval of the homebuilder’s rezoning request. Photo by Sharon Roberts

Council members gave their OK to a petition by David Weekley Homes for a change from R-3, or single-family residential, to MX-2, or mixed use, with five-year vested rights for the 15 acres.

The petition proposed the redevelopment of four single-family homes near Ballantyne Country Club between Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Bryant Farms Road into a residential community with up to 87 dwelling units in a mixture of townhomes and single-family detached homes.

The total average density would be 5.72 units per acre, which is consistent with recommendations for the area, planning officials said.

Vested rights allow projects to be completed according to land-use plans and regulations in effect when the projects were proposed or approved, without regard to any subsequent changes in land-use regulations.

After Zoning Committee approval, an amendment was filed that would allow David Weekley Homes to build duplex units at the project’s main entrance, where the site plan shows two four-unit buildings.

The number of units won’t be increased and the amendment, not considered a substantial change, wasn’t opposed by staff members, planning and city officials said.

“This is just to allow some flexibility of those units,” said Tammie Keplinger, rezoning planning manager.

To minimize congestion along Community House Road, the site will be served by a left-turn lane on Community House with a corresponding left-turn lane into existing Briarwick Lane, planning officials said.

The petition for 20.6 acres on Salome Church Road near I-485 and North Tryon Street proposes the development of a vacant parcel with up to 228 residential dwelling units, at a density of 11 units per acre.

The petitioner, BRC Salome Church LLC, sought a zoning change from R-3, or single-family residential, and R-22MF (CD), or multifamily residential, conditional, to R-12MF (CD), or multifamily residential, conditional.

The Zoning Committee found that the petition was consistent with the Northeast Area Plan.

Planners also found the site, at a confluence of major streets, was in an area planned and zoned for primarily residential development.

Among the project’s proposals, the number of principal residential buildings will be limited to 12 and building height won’t exceed three stories or 48 feet.

BRC Salome Church will improve Salome Church Road, planners said. The improvements along the road will include required left-turn lanes, they said.

In other action, council members approved rezoning about 3.65 acres on the south side of Johnston-Oehler Road and east of Prosperity Church Road from NS, or neighborhood services, to NS SPA, or neighborhood services, site plan amendment.

The petitioner, Citisculpt LLC, proposes retail or office uses on a vacant parcel within an existing retail and office development.

The existing approved rezoning site plan is for small office buildings. Planners said the proposal will provide for a wider mix of uses, including retail and/or office uses.

The council also approved rezoning 7.1 acres on the east side of Nations Ford Road, north of Tyvola Road and west of Interstate 77, from CC, or commercial center, to CC SPA, or commercial center, site plan amendment.

The petitioner, Eastern Hospitality NC LLC, proposed amending an existing site plan to allow hotel or office uses on a vacant parcel that is part of the Center Pointe development.

The site is within a development at an I-77 interchange that contains three hotels, an office building and a bank branch.

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