STEELE CREEK NEWS
Revisions Address Lake Wylie Development
The Charlotte City Councilís Transportation and Planning Committee
is tentatively scheduled to take action on the draft Steele Creek
Area Plan at their meeting on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
in Room 280 of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
The latest plan draft
includes revised text recommended for Policy 2 in the Concept Plan.
The proposed revisions are the result of a meeting with the Citizen
Advisory Group (CAG) and other citizens on January 26, 2012 to
discuss the recommended land use along the riverfront. The proposed
revisions are summarized below:
- Change recommended density from one to 1.5 dwelling units
- Acknowledge deed restrictions limiting lot sizes for many
of the waterfront properties.
- Update the acreage for the entire Sanctuary development and
adjust the percent of development area. The text currently refers
to the acreage of the largest portion of the development which is
located on the west side of Shopton Road West. The revised text
reflects the total acreage for property located on both sides of
Shopton Road West.
Future Land Use Map (MAP 3) will been revised to show recommended
land use of 1.5 dwelling units per acre for some properties along
the riverfront, including most that drain directly into Lake Wylie.
(The revised map is not available.) Proposed revisions to the draft
plan are as follows:
Residential development in
this area along the Catawba River and in The Sanctuary development
should remain low density.
development at a density of up to 1.5 dwelling units per acre is
appropriate adjacent to the river and in The Sanctuary subdivision.
The location of this area within the Lower Lake Wylie Watershed,
along with the topography challenges it presents, makes it conducive
to continue low density residential development. Although the
recommended density is up to 1.5 dwelling units per acre, this is
recommended as the average density. A slightly higher density may be
appropriate in some areas; when development is encouraged to cluster
to preserve environmental features. However, most waterfront
properties will not be able to exceed 1.5 dwelling units per acre
because of existing deed restrictions limiting lot sizes to
approximately ĺ acre.
Most of the parcels
along the river are currently zoned R-3 and R-5 (allowing up to
three or five dwelling units per acre, respectively); however,
regulatory constraints make it difficult to develop at these
densities. These zoning districts do; however, provide an
opportunity to cluster development to lessen environmental impacts
in particularly sensitive areas.
The Sanctuary is
currently zoned MX-1. The approved site plan allows for
approximately 26 percent of the 1,828-acre site to be developed.
This subdivision is developed with single family homes on large lots
and preserves a large amount of open space. Any future development
should continue to take into consideration the environmental
features in the area.
If you have any questions, please contact Melony McCullough of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Planning Department at 704-336-2205
or by email to
Steele Creek Area Plan web page.
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