STEELE CREEK NEWS
Rezoning Requested in Residential Area on S Tryon St
(October 4, 2009)
Stacy Mitchell & Janet McMillen are requesting rezoning of an .85
acre parcel on S Tryon St next to Savannah Townhomes from R-3 to
O-1(CD). They plan to remodel and enlarge an existing house on the
property. They plan to use the structure as a residence but also
include an office area where Ms. McMillen would conduct her business
as a Spiritual Advisor, providing astrological services, palm
reading, etc. She expects approximately 4 to 5 customers a week, by
See a site plan with drawings of the revised building here:
Petition 2009-067. The plan includes a large concrete
driveway with four parking spaces. The planned stucco structure is a
significant improvement over the current house, which was built in
All activities that they plan are allowed under current rezoning,
except for a planned commercial sign. They want to construct a sign
that will be 4 feet high and 9 feet wide to advertise their
business. (It would be a 4' by 5' sign with two 2' pillars on the
Current city ordinances allow for a small sign posted on the side of
the building, but Mr. Mitchell and Ms. McMillen believe this would
be inadequate to advertise their services.
The public hearing will be held at the Charlotte City Council
rezoning meeting on October 19.
The Steele Creek Residents Association Land Use Committee
opposes this rezoning because they believe it will set a precedent
and provide a good argument for other property owners along this
stretch of S Tryon St to also request office or commercial rezoning
for their properties. This rezoning could lead to strip commercial
development along S Tryon Street.
The Land Use Committee believes that it would be acceptable for the
petitioners to proceed with their plans, but not under a
non-residential zoning, and not with a 9'x4' sign.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Staff agrees. Their analysis states:
"Staff does not recommend approval of this petition. The request for
commercial development on this site would encourage strip commercial
along this portion of South Tryon Street. This petition is
inconsistent with the Southwest District Plan which when considered
in conjunction with the General Development Policies would allow up
to six dwelling units per acre."
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