By Yustin Riopko
INDIAN TRAIL – Town council voted Dec. 11 to approve a rezoning request for a townhome development off Old Monroe and Bryson roads.
The development will be the second phase of an existing collection of homes in Stallings called Park Meadows. It will see 14 new units in Indian Trail.
Project manager Michael Theberge explained the Indian Trail phase will be connected to the original Stallings one via a sidewalk within the development. They will share amenities that include a fire pit, gazebo and grill area.
The homes are selling for around $250,000 and have three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a one-car garage.
The 2.4-acre plot of land was rezoned from single-family low density residential to multi-family residential. The density will be about seven homes per acre.
Original plans for the community included 15 homes, but the number was reduced to 14 for two reasons. The first was that developers had to accommodate construction on the Old Monroe superstreet. The second was that the planning board and town council members requested a wider tree save buffer between the community and Old Monroe Road.
The planning board unanimously approved of the project, noting in their recommendation that the town council had to amend the comprehensive plan for it to work. Park Meadows (phase II) is technically higher density than the plan calls for on the land.
Indian Trail Senior Planner Katie See presented to council members at the last council meeting.
“Staff still believes that this type of use is consistent and compatible with the surrounding properties,” See said. “This rezoning request is in the public interest because it promotes the goals of the Indian Trail comprehensive plan in the areas of quality of life and land use and housing.
“The proposed project increases the diversity of housing choices within Indian Trail and proposes high quality design to promote attractive community development.”