HUNTERSVILLE – Developers can plan on greater density with the town’s zoning changes.
Commissioners unanimously approved changes March 3 to the rural and transitional residential zoning districts. The adjustments mean that more houses can be built in the same amount of space throughout town.
Davidson resident Riley Burgess asked the board to defer its decision on the zoning changes until more case studies were done to prove they benefit the town, its residents and the Lake Norman region.
The changes to the transitional residential zoning district include a maximum density of 1.5 homes per gross acre, up from 0.75, and 12,000 square foot average lot sizes – with the minimum at 10,000 square feet – plus an 80-foot buffer along state roads and future thoroughfares.
The ordinance also keeps a 20-foot-wide landscape median at the entrance of developments, a holdover from the previous ordinance.
Rural zoning adjustments include a change from 0.7 units per gross acre to 0.9 units per gross acre, as well as 18,000 square foot average lot sizes and 100-foot average lot width.
The 80-foot buffer present in the transitional residential zoning district will also be in the rural district.
Commissioners believe the changes enable the town to better provide an infrastructure for businesses interested in moving their offices and employees to Huntersville, but there’s a local benefit, as well. More open space allows for greater options in how a community can be developed.
The zoning changes mark the second time the town has changed zoning since 2003.
Town envisions future Upper Ramah Creek
Town staff will present land use and transportation concepts from the Upper Ramah Creek Small Area Plan for review and comment at a public information meeting.
The meeting takes place 6:30-8 p.m. March 13 at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.
The plan is intended to guide the town, property owners and developers regarding future land use, transportation, civic and infrastructure investment decisions.