A contentious rezoning dispute between Alan Simonini Homes and Foxcroft residents will be back before Charlotte City Council as early as next month for a vote after being brought before the City Council for the second time at its February rezoning meeting.
Simonini and Saratoga Asset Management are seeking to rezone more than 6 acres on Sharon Lane from zoning that allows 3 single-family homes per acre to a zoning that allows for more dense development with attached residential units.
According to the original petition that went before City Council in October, Simonini planned to develop 31 attached townhome units on the plot of land between Providence Road and Heathmoor Lane.
Simonini has since scaled back the plan for Foxcroft City Homes, as the project is to be called, to 24 attached townhomes targeted toward empty nesters. The acreage would have 12, 2-residence buildings.
Area residents have voice opposition and more than 1,200 signed a petition opposing the rezoning that allows for multi-family structures in a neighborhood of single-family homes, according to a Charlotte Business Journal report.
Plans for the residences start at 3,400 square feet and $1 million, which area residents question as targeting empty nesters, who typically choose to downsize.
Other issues complicating the rezoning request are stormwater runoff from development, which Simonini and Saratoga Asset Management said would be miitigated by plans for a stormwater management system to be implemented.
Current zoning would allow for 18 single-family homes. Simonini is seeking to build only 3 more structures and a total of 6 more residences.
Several residents, including owners who had sold their homes for this development, supported the plan saying as an advantageous change in the neighborhood and a nice transition between the current single-family landscape and the mixed-use activity at nearby Sharon Amity and Providence roads.
The City Council will likely vote on the petition in March.