Eastern Wake News

Knightdale Town Council approves contentious Stone River rezoning

The Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday, May 18, to approve a rezoning request that clears the way for a subdivision off Hodge Road near the U.S. 264 bypass that has raised concerns among residents of an adjacent neighborhood.

The new development, Stone River, is being built by the same team of developer Arcaterra Land LLC and home builder Terramor Homes that built neighboring Cheswick, which is the basis of some of the Cheswick residents’ concerns. Some have said Terramor misled them about plans for the land where Stone River is to go.

Cheswick residents had been showing up to council and other town meetings to oppose the planned Stone River subdivision directly to the west of Cheswick for a year, including at the Land Use Review Board meeting in April where the board unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning. Town staff also recommended approval.

Stone River would be a subdivision of up to 656 lots on land east of the Neuse River. The rezoning changed 164 acres from GR8 to GR8 planned residential development. Both allow suburban development, but the PRD designation allows for more creativity in master planning and community amenities. The project is to include a public park to be developed by the town.

The property also includes zoning of urban residential (UR12) and open space preserve (OSP). Those zonings do not need to be changed for the project to go forward.

The project will also require annexation into Knightdale, so it will have to come before the council again.

Knightdale Senior Planner Jennifer Currin went through a list Wednesday of concerns Cheswick residents expressed in a letter to the Town Council at a public hearing on the rezoning held April 20, as well as the responses to each issue by the developer.

On the issue of drainage at Cheswick, Arcaterra representatives said corrections would be made if there were design flaws. They also said they will have a seismograph on location if blasting is necessary for Stone River construction.

On the issue of whether the project includes apartments, Currin noted that there were none included in the rezoning request, which calls for single-family detached homes, not to exceed four lots per acre. “We have not received any plans for apartments at this time,” Currin said.

Council member Dustin Tripp asked town attorney Clyde Holt to clarify the parameters of what the council could consider in its vote.

Holt noted that some of the concerns were not directly related to the rezoning matter in front of the council and whether it meets the town’s comprehensive plan guidelines.

“My advice to you,” Holt said, “would be to try to concentrate on this specific piece and the decision as to whether this should be rezoned and try to address other complaints on existing conditions by directing staff to investigate those.”

Matt Goad: 919-829-4826