WAXHAW – County commissioners want specifics when it comes to the type of businesses that are going into proposed office space at 1425 Providence Road South.
Attorney James Lee has applied to rezone the 1.5 acres from residential to office zoning, fueling a petition signed by 38 people against the project in the neighboring Chatsworth subdivision.
The petition says they bought their homes with the impression the land was zoned residential. Homeowners also worry about their property values and traffic along Providence Road.
“Some of the concerns I heard from the neighbors, especially the properties that back completely up to it, are valid concerns, but it is slated to be an area where we would entertain commercial development,” Commissioner Stoney Rushing said Dec. 18
Rushing added it would be hypocritical for him not to approve the request when commissioners have OK’ed many rezonings in that area.
Commissioner Lance Simpson acknowledged the property is within a neighborhood district and fits the character of N.C. 16, but he didn’t like the broad scope the applicant was requesting.
Lee’s application states the zoning would be limited to office uses, as well as personal improvement services; studio, instructional or service uses; day care center; or animal services (grooming, training supplies and veterinary). Lee agreed to no overnight boarding of animals unless accessory to a vet clinic or hospital. Overnight boarding must be indoors, while animals on outdoor runs must be attended at all times.
“I think it just allows too many uses,” Simpson said. “Our other rezoning requests that we have approved have been a little bit more narrowed or focused. This just appears to be a shotgun approach.”
Commissioners ended up sending the petition back to the planning board for additional review.