After organizing a meeting with town leaders to address complaints with their home builder, a group of residents in the Cheswick subdivision are still looking for answers.
Cheswick homeowner Sunny Myers, who works as a project manager in construction, is heading up the complaints from about 50 neighbors with developer Arcaterra Land, LLC, home-builder Terramor Homes, and Terramor’s home-site representative.
With a proposed adjacent 463 single-family and townhome subdivision causing some concerns for current Cheswick residents, they also claim they were misled by their home-site representative about the future of their neighborhood.
Four of the main concerns residents have include increased traffic in the area, the inconvenient location of post office box units, the construction of apartment buildings and the disappearance of tree buffers.
Over the past five months the residents have been asking the town to pressure Arcaterra to make the changes, or rezone the land where the subdivision might be built. Myers claims it’s added insult to injury that Terramor representatives haven’t shown up to past meetings of the Cheswick homeowners association.
Although Mayor Russell Killen, council members, the town’s planning department and Terramor Homes president Pablo Reiter met with the group in May, Myers claims communication has been one-sided and dishonest since then.
“I try to treat everyone fairly, to sit with citizens, sit down with developers,” Killen said. “The goal at the end of the day is to meet both parties’ needs. We’ve got to have discussions with everyone in the room and everyone separately.”
During the meeting, Killen said that the group would follow-up and meet again in June, but Myers said there has yet to be a meeting.
Killen said that this is because there is a traffic impact analysis study underway that is preventing a revised plan, and therefore any new information.
“There’s nothing to meet about because the developer hasn’t submitted a new proposal,” Killen said. “We’re more than happy to engage as soon as we know we can move forward.”
Arcaterra has written a formal letter to the town explaining their situation and that they will work to address several of the residents' concerns.
In a June 26 email exchange with Myers, Knightdale town planning director Chris Hills informed her that the developer is continuing to develop the subdivision under current zoning standards.
“The Developer has responded to your request by addressing 3 of the 4 concerns that you listed,” Hills wrote. “It should be noted that their decision to address those concerns were encouraged but not mandated by the Town, as the proposed responses to your concerns exceed the standards denoted in the UDO and have been proposed based upon a good faith effort to address the concerns of the Cheswick citizens.”