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Despite the planning board’s recommendation to deny it and a few citizens speaking against the development, Troutman Town Council unanimously approved a re-zoning allowing a 225-home development.

The development is proposed to be off of Autumn Leaf Road and Perth Road on two parcels of land that were formerly zoned suburban residential. They now have a conditional mixed use residential zoning to allow a greater density of homes.

The development will be split between two cluster developments. It will include undeveloped acreage as well as recreational property like a pool and walking trails.

Citizens against the re-zoning said the development would not fit the character of the surrounding property and the traffic impact would make Autumn Leaf and Perth roads dangerous.

“I’m not against Troutman growth,” Autumn Leaf resident Ralph Dagenhart said. “I think, as a council, you have a difficult responsibility to not only make sure there’s positive growth, but I think you have a tremendous responsibility to control that growth. I think all of us can think of areas around Troutman that, probably that growth has gotten out of hand, and so I’m afraid what’s going to happen here.”

Opponents of the development mentioned Falls Cove, a nearby development that was approved and has begun to be built. Eventually, at least 700 homes will be built for that development alone.

Ron “Duck” Wyatt, who served as Troutman’s mayor before becoming Iredell County Register of Deeds, argued in favor of the development. He said the way roads are improved and made safer is by creating a need for improvements. The North Carolina Department of Transportation will not proactively make changes for possible future development.

“When I served here in a leadership capacity, we were constantly getting asked by citizens and several of these folks sitting here asking us to get restaurants to this town,” Wyatt said. “When people come here to build in Troutman, especially the business side, they want to (know) how many rooftops we have, and unfortunately, that is the problem that we have here when we try to recruit these white-tablecloth restaurants and another grocery store, so we have more options and other business opportunities.”

Apparently, council members agreed with Wyatt. With little discussion, the council members unanimously passed the rezoning.

David Hughes, a spokesperson for Nest Communities, which is the developer, said construction could begin in two years, and the development could be complete in seven.

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