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Area Plan Revisions Address Lake Wylie Development

Steele Creek Plan(February 12, 2012) 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 per acre.
  • 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.   

The Recommended 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.

Residential 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 mmccullough@ci.charlotte.nc.us or visit the Steele Creek Area Plan web page.

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