Mooresville development denied, neighbors cheer in relief

- A Monday night for neighbors in Mooresville who have been fighting against a development that could have built hundreds of new apartments. The proposed development was off Highway 115 and near Bridges Farm Road.

Neighbors in the area started an online petition just a few months ago against the development and came out in droves to a Mooresville Town Board meeting Monday night, where a final decision was made.

“We did our research and we fought back. We also talked individually with our commissioners,” said Dr. Arielle Emmett, a homeowner who lives near the proposed development.

By a vote of 4 to 2, the rezoning request was denied by Mooresville Town Commissioners, but it wasn’t without growing frustration.

Neighbors tell FOX 46 Charlotte they’ve sat through 4 meetings over the past month. During the final decision Monday night, emotions at times boiled over.

The biggest concerns among commissioners and neighbors against the project were increased traffic and potential pollution to nearby water ways.

The farm field that was considered for rezoning will sit empty for now, but the developer could come back with new plans.

“By our code you cannot come back with the same places within 365 days of the decision,” said Rawls Howard, Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Mooresville.

Neighbors say they aren’t against development, they just want something that is a better fit for their community.

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