Hopper Communities wants to rezone an 18-acre site on West Garner Road, indicating the developer is hoping to build more homes on smaller lots than the current zoning allows for.
Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the request, when the town council holds a public hearing at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Hopper Communities, established in 2007, is a development company specializing in designing and creating residential neighborhoods, according to the company’s website.
The company is based out of Charlotte and was founded by Bart Hopper. His vision was to develop vibrant and innovative neighborhoods.
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Planning Director Brad Bass said the company has not yet submitted a plan for a development. But the rezoning request allows for the developer to build up to 60 single family homes in the 18 acres of land. The previous zoning allowed for 25 homes.
Bass said the rezoning request is still at the staff level to determine whether the change is appropriate for the area. After the public hearing it will go before the planning commission, then back to the council.
Efforts to reach the developer, Bill Harrell, were unsuccessful.
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Halle Company is attempting to rezone 100 acres of land in the vicinity of McCullers Crossing on Ten Ten Road. The site currently has several different classifications.
Bass said the developer at one point wanted to develop the undeveloped land for commercial and single-family residential, but those plans never materialized.
The petitioner is trying to rezone the land to all Multi-family (MF-1).
The 100-acre rezoning site has road frontage along Ten Ten Road and Caddy Road. No proposal has been submitted yet for a project, Bass said. But it is likely the developer is looking to build an apartment complex.
“I think they are taking it one step at a time,” he said.
The area near is under the Swift Creek Management Plan. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Wake County, Raleigh, Cary, Garner and Apex jointly developed and adopted the Swift Creek Land Management Plan as a guide to managing development in the watersheds of Lake Wheeler and Lake Benson to protect water quality in those existing or potential water supply reservoirs.
The plan only allows for six lots per acre, meaning a potential apartment complex could have a maximum of 600 units.
Still for Garner, 600 lots is big, Bass said.
A public hearing on that request is also set for Tuesday night.