Troutman Planning and Zoning Board approves rezoning of large Exit 42 tract
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the rezoning of a nearly 72-acre tract off Crosstie Lane from Residential-Agriculture to Mixed Residential.
The land is located behind the new Iredell Charter Academy.
Land owner Jerome Howard sought the change to RM district, which is intended for single-family, two-family, and multi-family dwellings in denser development patterns. This transitional area is mainly undeveloped with a few homes, according to Town Planner Erika Martin.
This zoning allows four units per acre, with lot widths of at least 50 feet. The zoning also requires 30 percent of the land to be open space. Martin estimates that about 200 residences could be built in the area, which is being scouted by a major developer.
Board Chairman Layton Getsinger said that the “the time is now” to prepare for the growth coming to Troutman. Asked by Getsinger about development projects already in the works, Martin cited over 1,600 new homes already in process, along with recently approved apartment and townhouse complexes.
In other business:
• The board also approved members Randy Farmer, George Harris, and Mike Todd to join two yet-to-be named Town Council members to form a Unified Development Ordinance Review Task Force.
• Board members also interviewed two potential candidates for an alternate seat.
Ray Welsh is a former real estate agent with experience appearing before town boards on clients’ behalf. He moved to Troutman two years ago and promised that he has no special agenda, but hopes to benefit the community with “fresh ideas and experience.”
Accountant Lewis Weeks has lived in Troutman for nine years and heeded the town’s request for citizens to get involved and volunteer for town boards. Though he has no experience in planning and zoning, he pledged to use his 20 years of accounting experience “to help out any way that I can.”
Board members will interview a third candidate who could not be at the meeting before making a decision on the seat.