Harrisburg approves 297-home development

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:09 pm

HARRISBURG, N.C. — A 297-home development is coming to Rocky River Road after a 6-1 town council vote Monday.

Harrisburg residents who opposed the development got a bit of relief when the developer came back to the council with the 297-unit plan that reduced the number of homes from the 322 originally proposed.

Harrisburg Town Councilman Brian Leepard cast the lone vote against the development.

“I struggled with this one pretty hard, because I like the product (they are) putting out,” Leepard said. “I think it’s going to be a good product. But I will honestly say I was surprised at the push-back that we received on this thing.

“In the two years I’ve been here we’ve had no issue come before us that I received as many e-mails and calls and Facebooks and everything else that I have on this one,” Leepard said. “So that made it extremely difficult to come up with this decision. To be quite honest we were put here to do what the people want, and I believe that if I vote for this I’m not doing that.”

The decision was made Monday after town council tabled the subject in March, telling the developer, M/I Homes of Charlotte, LLC to come back with a new plan. In March, during the public hearing, several residents opposed the development, citing the number of homes and lot sizes. In response, M/I Homes reduced the number of homes from 322 to 297.

Plus, in the previous plan the developers were going to offer lots that were as small as 72 feet wide. The new plans call for the smallest lot size to be 75 foot by 147 feet.

The project will be developed on 225 acres at the southeast quadrant of the Rocky River Road/Hickory Ridge Road intersection.

In March, officials with M/I Homes of Charlotte, LLC applied for the development under the conservation district option, which requires 46 percent of open space preservation and increased architectural standards. Under the conservation district option the developer is required that at least 50 percent of the homes be made out of brick. The remaining homes would have to use high-quality material, and the homes can have no more than 10 percent vinyl siding.

At that meeting, Bob Wiggins, with M/I Homes, said their homes will range from 2,100 square feet to 4,100 square feet and be priced from $299,000 to $432,000.

The plan is to leave 104 acres of open space, with sidewalks, amenities and homes built on the remaining 121 acres.

Contact Michael Knox at 704-789-9133.