The Mooresville Board of Commissioners Tuesday, in a 3-2 vote, approved a conditional request to rezone 71 acres on Huntington Lane to allow for the construction of a proposed mixed-use development with townhomes and single-family homes adjacent to Lake Norman.
Rawls Howard, town director of planning and community development, said the proposed project, located near U.S. 21 and Waterlynn Road, consists of 95 town homes and 143 single-family homes. The neighborhood’s proposed density is 3.35 units per acre, well below the four units per acre suggested in the town’s comprehensive land use plan, Howard said.
Applicant Bart Hopper, founder of Hopper Communities, told the Board of Commissioners the development, called Waterlynn, would include 60 and 70-foot lots, with some waterfront lots.
The neighborhood would also feature a pool, a clubhouse, community boat slip, dog park and walking trails, Hopper said. At least 45 on-street parking spaces for visitors as well as the units’ two-car garages and driveways will be available, he said.
The townhomes are expected to sell in the $250,000 range with the single-family homes priced in the upper $200,000 and lower $300,000 range, Hopper said. The waterfront homes could sell at close to a $1 million each, he said.
The land was zoned R-2 and R-3, or single-family residential and changed Tuesday to RMX-C, or residential mixed use with conditions to allow single-family detached homes and alley loaded townhomes to be built.
Initially, commissioners were concerned if they approved the rezoning request, they would add to the amount of traffic local residents currently face traveling to and from their homes on Huntington Lane and Regal Cir via Waterlynn Road.
That’s after many neighbors spoke against the proposed project during a public hearing on the matter Tuesday. The neighbors cited traffic concerns, the need for more sidewalks along Waterlynn Road for pedestrians and students attending nearby Langtree Charter Academy Upper School and upcoming road improvement projects on U.S. 21 and in the immediate area that could also snarl traffic and add more vehicles to the road.
Jon Young, town engineering services director, said the U.S. 21 widening project is one that has been delayed until 2025.
After the public comment portion of the hearing ended, Commissioner Lisa Qualls motioned to approve the rezoning request with three requirements: have Hopper request a crosswalk on Waterlynn Road; request a three-way stop sign on Regal Circle; and ask NCDOT whether a stop light at Huntington Lane and U.S. 21 could be put in by the time the project’s road mitigations have to be completed.
Hopper agreed to these requirements as well as improvements at U.S. 21 and Waterlynn Road. Previous to Tuesday’s meeting Hopper had already agreed to extend the existing left-hand turn lane on U.S. 21 to 350 feet of storage and appropriate taper and extend the existing designated right-turn lane on Waterlynn Road to 300 feet of storage and appropriate taper.
And at U.S. 21 and Huntington Lane, Hopper had also previously agreed to construct a designated left-turn lane on U.S. 21 and construct a six to eight foot opaque fence built along the perimeter in certain locations.
Commissioners Eddie Dingler and Gary West voted against the rezoning request with Commissioners Barbara Whittington, Thurman Houston and Qualls voting to approve the request. Commissioner Bobby Compton did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.
West said he has approved prior development projects and rezoning requests in the same area because U.S. 21 was expected to be widened within a few years. With NCDOT pushing back the road widening project’s start date another three years, West said he was unsure if he could continue to allow burdens like excess traffic on area residents.
Members of the public applauded West’s statement.
In other business, the Board of Commissioners recognized the week of Sept. 9 as National Suicide Prevention Week and recognized September as National Recovery Week and National Library Card Sign Up Month.