WAXHAW – The Town of Waxhaw recently annexed the Howie Property along N.C. 16 and Waxhaw-Marvin Road. Now town commissioners must assign a zoning designation to the property.
When the 91 acres was under Union County’s jurisdiction, its zoning allowed for multi-family residential homes as well as mobile homes. The property is now zoned through Waxhaw, so town staff recommended the initial zoning to be single-family residential.
Planning Director Jeff Wells told commissioners Oct. 8 the previous zoning allowed for half-acre lots with duplexes and mobile homes. The proposed initial zoning would allow for low-density single-family homes.
Wells said the initial zoning would not allow for much other than single-family homes with a minimum of two and one-third acre lots.
“It is a somewhat common practice to zone a property to its lowest density district in order to preserve it for future development considerations,” Wells said. “A close example of a municipality that does do that is Matthews.”
Wells also showed the Town’s Future Land Use Map from 2016, which describes the property as mixed-use and residential mixed in the intended growth sector.
Wells said the proposed initial zoning would help the town preserve the property for future goals.
“[This initial zoning] is the board’s best option to accomplish that goal, knowing that this property is in a vital location and it is imperative that the right mix of uses at the right density is ultimately achieved,” Wells said.
The proposal will go to the planning board at their Oct. 21 meeting, where they will recommend action before it is presented to commissioners again.
– Kayla Berenson