HUNTERSVILLE – Improvements to three major roads as part of the Eastfield Road Small Area Plan aren’t expected to come any time soon due to a lack of money.
That didn’t stop residents from speaking out in the June 17 commission meeting against town planning staff’s proposals for expanding Hambright Road, Everette Keith Road and Verhoeff Drive.
Traffic flow and safety were the two primary concerns residents voiced during the meeting.
Resident James Boomer said uncertainties in future traffic patterns leave the plan as little more than an estimate.
“(Interstate) 485 has not been completed. The impact on traffic will not be known for years,” Boomer said. “All this effort has been devoted purely on the issue of speculation. We need to know what the traffic impact will be on Eastfield Road as a result of (Interstate) 485’s completion.”
The plan is a long-range land use and transportation guide used to direct town government, developers and property owners’ decisions on future land use, transportation and infrastructure.
The town board will vote on the plan in its Aug. 5 meeting.
The expected development that will come from Interstate 485’s completion warranted the plan’s preparation, according to town staff.
Principal Planner Zac Gordon said the small area plan affects 1,897 acres – 70 percent of which are in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction – as well as 1,100 people and 412 houses.
The communities of Skybrook, Olmsted and McGinnis Village are within the plan’s boundaries.
The staff’s proposed Hambright Road alignment, the primary alignment, would include the loss of four homes and could cost $26.2 million.
Everette Keith Road and Verhoeff Drive are expected to be two-lane roads.
Transportation Director Bill Coxe said the plan is on the backburner, but progress has been made, noting that the Hambright Road and Verhoeff Drive alignments have been partially built.
“We do not anticipate having public (money) to build any of these roadways in the next 25 years, under the current (MUMPO) prioritization of road needs and the current anticipation of revenue,” Coxe said.
Gordon said the plan will benefit the town once the roads are finished, because businesses and developers will have the infrastructure they'll need to relocate to Huntersville.
“Once a road has finally been designated, there’s an opportunity for some developer or business,” Gordon said. “It’s a long-range plan. It’s making sure we set it up so that as we grow, we’re not shooting from the hip and saying, ‘Where are we going to put the roads?’”
Transportation group holds planning meeting
CHAROTTE – The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold three public meetings to inform the public and get input about its efforts to update its long-range transportation plan.
Dates and times for the public meetings are as follows:
• June 24, 4-6 p.m., Stallings Civic Building, 323 Stallings Road, Stallings;
• June 26, 4-6 p.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St., Room 278, Charlotte; and
• June 27, 4-6 p.m., Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.
The plan spans a minimum 20-year horizon. Several parts of the plan will be available to review, including the goals and objectives, the approved ranking criteria, and the roadway candidate project list.
The public is invited to review it at www.mumpo.org, and provide the MPO with its comments and concerns.