Residents turn out to oppose commercial rezoning
Residents of the Anklin Forest and Quellin subdivisions don’t want any strip malls near their homes. That was a message sent by a packed house at the Tuesday, Oct. 11 Waxhaw town council meeting.
In August, Food Lion approached the town, asking that its 33.68 acre property at 4116 Waxhaw Marvin Road be annexed into Waxhaw. After the town council agreed, they had to set a zoning designation within 60 days, a process that took at the Tuesday meeting. The council voted unanimously to establish it as R2 residential.
Because the property was zoned residential by the county, it had to be zoned residential by the town after being annexed. Subdivision residents said they understood, but wanted to make their position clear.
“Our concerns are for the future,” Anklin Forest homeowner David Steinbach said. “I don’t want to have the traffic, that’s not why I built there. I don’t want to see anything that will be an obstruction of our view of the woods.”
Anklin Forest and Quellin meet the property on the north and the east. Food Lion LLC purchased the land for $3 million. Currently there’s one home on the property, with approval for county water and sewer. Officials from the North Carolina Department of Transportation confirmed to Union County Weekly that a traffic study of the area had been requested. Food Lion officials did not return calls regarding their plans for the property by presstime.
“They have submitted no plans (or) anything,” Waxhaw Council Member Martin Lane said, adding that there had been no communication between the developer and the town regarding future plans. “We haven’t seen anything.”
Based on who bought the property and how much they paid, residents said it was clear to them what the company intended to happen.
“I don’t know any company that would invest $3 million in a property without a plan,” Anklin Forest resident Fred Burrell said. “Yes, we want your business here, but not in the middle of our community.”
Burell pointed out that the town’s current plan, which stretches through 2030, calls for the area to be low density residential.