8/26/2019 9:17:00 AM Public Hearings September 9th
Residents who live off Club Drive are expected to pack the Citizens Center for the public hearings. They oppose the rezoning request for a new charter school, saying they don't mind the school but think the location is a bad choice because it will add to traffic problems.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
There are only two rezoning requests scheduled to be heard by Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincoln County Planning Board at their joint meeting on Monday September 9th, but one of those is sure to draw a crowd.
The Commissioners and Planning Board will hold their monthly joint meeting and public hearings on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the auditorium of the James W. Warren Citizens Center at 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton. They will consider the following matters:
ZMA #663 Sara Thompson, applicant (Parcel ID# 34111) A request to rezone a 1.4-acre lot from CZ BG (Conditional Zoning General Business) to R-SF (Residential-Single Family). The property is located at 3306 north NC 16-business on the east side of NC 16-business at its intersection with Denver Drive in Catawba Springs Township.
PD #2019-3 Ryan Companies US, Inc., applicant (Parcel ID# 32630, 78190 and 93419) A request to rezone 26 acres from CU PD-MU (Conditional Use Planned Development-Mixed Use) to PD-MU (Planned Development-Mixed Use) to amend the master plan for The Villages of Cowans Ford planned mixed-use development to permit a charter school for grades K-8 and an early childhood learning center. The property is located on the northwest corner of NC 73 and Club Drive in Catawba Springs Township.
Interested parties may appear at the public hearings, which will be held in the auditorium of the Citizens Center due to the expected large crowd.
Residents of the area near the proposed site for the new charter school have held two meetings of their own in addition to a Community Meeting held by the applicant. Almost all of the residents are opposed to the rezoning request because they believe it will cause major traffic problems, especially at the NC 73 and Club Drive intersection.
While it won't be completed for several years, the NC Dept. of Transportation is planning widening of NC 73 and turning that section of the highway into what is known as a 'superstreet.' Residents say that will, especially with additional traffic caused by the charter school, create difficulty for them getting onto Club Drive and from Club Drive onto NC 73, especially for eastbound traffic.
The rezoning request will be a legislative matter for the Commissioners. While some requests are considerred judicial, the rules for testimony on legislative matters are more lenient. Individuals will have three minutes to address the Commissioners and Planning Board at the public hearing; those representing a group will have five minutes.
For more information, contact the Lincoln County Planning and Inspections Department at 704-736-8440.
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