A proposed subdivision again brought angry residents of the Cheswick Neighborhood off Hodge Road before the Town Council, this time to express concerns about development to their south.
The Town Council in May unanimously approved a rezoning request that paved the way for the Stone River subdivision to the west of Cheswick, which is off Hodge Road near I-495. On Monday, Aug. 1, after holding a public hearing on a rezoning request for the proposed Silver Stone subdivision on land located to the south of Cheswick, the council voted unanimously to refer the request to the Land Use Review Board for its meeting Monday, Aug. 8.
The matter will come back before the council after that meeting with an advisory statement from the LURB.
All three subdivisions are by Raleigh-based developer Arcaterra Land, LLC. Silver Stone would go on nearly 150 acres and would include single-family homes and town homes. The proposed density would allow as many as 600 homes. Town home units are to be at least 1,250 square feet, with at least half greater than 1,500 square feet.
The council chambers were full Monday and additional seats had to be brought in to accommodate the crowd, but only five people spoke during the public hearing, some representing larger groups. Two, Arcaterra’s Raleigh-based attorney Andy Petesch, and one of the property owners, Julie Anne Lovick, spoke in favor of the project.
Those who spoke against it cited concerns about drainage on their property and traffic on Hodge Road.
Greg Woolbright, who lives on Towler Road, a small road off Hodge near the proposed development, said it takes him 15 minutes to get onto Hodge during the morning and evening rush hour. “Knightdale shouldn’t become little Cary,” Woolbright said “There’s not much I can do, I don’t think, if they decide to put how many houses across the street from me? There’s probably not much I can do about it except swallow my pride and take it.”
Town senior planner Jason Brown said Silver Stone has the potential to further Comprehensive Plan objectives and guidelines including enhancing “sense of place,” promoting development of a cohesive community, providing recreational gathering spaces, preserving open space and promoting pedestrian-friendly streets.
“We’ve heard some concerns from neighbors,” council member Dustin Tripp said, “and I’m just hoping that we get some clarification on some of these things from the developer.”
Matt Goad: 919-829-4826