More homes are coming to Clayton.
After approving a different version of the same subdivision in 2003, Clayton leaders on Monday OK’d a 37-home neighborhood on Shotwell Road.
Magnolia Pointe will go on roughly 14 acres across from the Lions Spring senior-living complex.
ASCO Builders Inc. of Raleigh first proposed the subdivision more than a decade ago. However, the project never panned out.
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Mike Stewart, an engineer working with ASCO, has said the project appeared to “fall between the cracks” of larger construction companies, which typically look for jobs of 50 lots or more.
ASCO resubmitted plans to the town earlier this year. And this go round, Stewart said, the company has a builder on board.
“The site has seen many iterations,” Stewart said. “It’s been duplexes; it’s been offices.”
The latest plan is for 37 single-family homes, with a density of about three houses per acre. Stewart has said the developer is working with the builder True Homes of Charlotte.
“We feel like we have a good product here,” Stewart said.
But while the developer has confidence in the proposal, Clayton leaders have scrutinized the plan to make sure that’s the case.
The Clayton Planning Board and town staff required the developer to present more detailed plans on several occasions, especially about a retaining wall that would surround much of the property. The tract is at the bottom of a steep grade that runs away from Shotwell Road.
The Planning Board backed the plan after getting the more-detailed drawings. The Town Council also approved the project after Councilman Michael Grannis asked Stewart to go over the retaining wall in detail.
Councilman Butch Lawter said he saw nothing that concerned him.
During the approval process, town staff also required ASCO to hire a landscape architect to provide recommendations for what type of buffer tree to plant along the steep grade.
The developer picked cherry laurels, which should provide ample screening from the roadside without overly burdening the slope, Stewart said.
A preliminary site plan shows two entrances to the neighborhood, both on Shotwell Road.
The plan also includes a half-acre recreation area and about four acres of passive open space.