WESLEY CHAPEL – Mineral Springs and Weddington have joined Wesley Chapel in opposing Sen. Tommy Tucker’s bill that would deannex land from communities to bypass the local zoning control.
Senate Bill 802 would remove eight parcels from the corporate limits of Wesley Chapel and another from Mineral Springs in favor of county zoning jurisdiction.
“This is not the first time Sen. Tucker has run this type of bill, but they are always bad for the well-being of Union County’s residents and place the short-term desires of the ‘connected few’ above the proper representation of all constituents,” Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker said. “These deannexation bills make it extremely difficult for local governments to adequately plan for and serve the needs of their residents.”
Wesley Chapel Mayor Brad Horvath said the town had not received any requests from the property owner about rezoning the land. Instead, Tucker called Horvath before the bill was filed to ask if the village had zoning for solar farms.
In the case of Mineral Springs, leaders said Tucker’s office had no contact with them or village staff.
The Mineral Springs Village Town Council passed a resolution calling for the N.C. General Assembly to limit or cease deannexation practices.
Weddington doesn’t have a dog in the fight, but its town council passed a resolution June 11 opposing the bill.
“Senate Bill 802, if enacted, will have a significant impact on the Town of Weddington since this legislation will set a precedent of developers circumventing ordinances and standards by deannexation,” according to the resolution.