HUNTERSVILLE – Public discussions about the proposed development of 103 acres between McCord Road and N.C. 73 has been put on hold for two months. Landowners and the country’s largest home-building company, in response to concerns aired at previous town board and neighborhood meetings, have asked for a pause in the prescribed plan-review proceedings for the Northbrook project.

The issue involved is a request from Lennar Carolinas, LCC – part of the national Lennar Corporation – to rezone tracts to allow for a planned mixed-use development. The requested change would designate 81 acres as Neighborhood Residential-Conditional District and leave the rest, mostly property along N.C. 73, zoned as Commercial Business (CB). Lennar’s announced plans are to build 142 single-family homes on the 81-acre parcel and market the rest for business uses allowed in the CB zone.

But at town board meetings in August and September, dozens of residents spoke out against the plan, referencing traffic congestion and school-capacity issues among their concerns.

A subsequent neighborhood meeting held at NorthStone Country Club also included a strong turnout by those with questions and concerns about the proposed plans.

Susan Irvin, a local real estate attorney working with the landowners and developers, said a decision was reached to take a fresh look at the proposal and available options.

“We asked for a two-month planning board deferral to allow time to look at possible revisions to the current plan based on comments and information shared,” Irvin said. “We are trying to see if there are practical ways to address concerns.”

The item was scheduled for planning board review at the end of September but has been placed on the board’s Nov. 27 agenda. The planning board recommendation will then be forwarded to the town board, which has final authority over the rezoning matter.

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