WAXHAW – Town leaders want more information on traffic along Cuthbertson Road before deciding to permit 241 Cuthbertson LLC to build a two-story office building next to the Walgreens and Taco Bell.
The 11,450-square-foot building will consist of four to six units or suites on two acres at 2503 and 2421 Cuthbertson Road. A preliminary plan shows an entrance and sidewalk along Cuthbertson Road, as well as driveways connecting it to Walgreens and Taco Bell.
The Waxhaw Planning Board sent a favorable recommendation to the commissioners about the rezoning. One dissenting member had concerns about traffic, roadway construction and stormwater, according to Senior Planner Alexandra Beesting.
Beesting said the developer committed to constructing driveways from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to cause less disruption.
Commissioner Fred Burrell wanted to know why the N.C. Department of Transportation didn’t require a transportation impact study as part of the rezoning.
“The project is considered individually based on the impacts to the site,” Beesting said.
Kimley-Horn and Associates sent the town a memo projecting the rezoning will generate 614 daily trips, including 66 trips during morning peak hour and 77 trips during the afternoon peak hour. Each of these numbers fall below the town and NCDOT’s thresholds for a traffic impact analysis.
Mayor Steve Maher wanted to get more information from a traffic standpoint about the whole corridor. Maher recommended commissioners hold the public hearing open for another two weeks to get that expertise.
“I think having all that data will allow us to give a little bit more thoughtful reflection on how does all this tie together,” he said.
The issue will be revisited during the next commissioners meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Waxhaw Police Department.