HUNTERSVILLE – A plan to develop 14 more homes in the Villages of Skybrook North subdivision will have to wait at least two weeks due to concerns with its sketches.

Huntersville commissioners voted 5-1 to defer the vote on the sketch plan during their March 17 meeting, citing questions involving water quality and open space in the project.

Commissioner Ron Julian said waiting to make a decision was “an unnecessary holdup of town process.”

The board approved the 5.9-acre rezoning request, but concerns about having enough open space and maintaining water quality caused the delay in a decision.

The sketch plan didn’t initially have the required open space according to the town’s zoning ordinance. The Land Use and Environmental Services Agency or Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department may request the subdivision add a rain garden or sediment pond on the property to satisfy the unmet requirements.

Laureldale LLC, the subdivision’s developer, offered to solve any requests that would slow the subdivision’s expansion.

The subdivision satisfies the requirements set forth by Concord, which is where it will be located. The Villages at Skybrook North is along the Huntersville/Concord jurisdictional boundary, at the east side of Poplar Tent Road.

“They came to us with a contingency plan, and I think they’re willing to do whatever is necessary to move forward with this,” Julian said. “I feel like we should’ve gone ahead and made the decision.”

The town planning board approved the subdivision by an 8-1 vote Feb. 25.

The town board also:

• Designated the Huntersville Town Jail as a historic landmark. The jail, a two-room, 21’x30’ brick building constructed in the 1930s, sits at 301 Huntersville-Concord Road.

• Awarded a contract for mowing town parks to Uncommon Grounds Landscaping for $70,000 per year for three years;

• Awarded the Spring Resurfacing Project – involving asphalt milling, patching and paving to streets within The Park Huntersville – to the Ferebee Corporation;

• Directed town staff to send a request to the N.C. Department of Transportation to provide results of a study of the quad-left intersection at N.C. 73/U.S. 21 that would include safety and access issues. Town staff briefed the board on its options to improve the intersection in a March 18 meeting.