CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - People in Plaza Midwood are taking action and trying to stop a developer’s plan to put a cul-de-sac subdivision, where a single family home is currently located.
"This is about preserving that character, the character of people who invest in their homes, invest in their land," Kris Daniel stated.
Daniels and her family have been fighting for the last 3 months to stop developers from turning the land next to her home into a subdivision.
The land the developers chose is currently a single family lot. They are hoping to turn the 2 acre lot from one home to 6 homes. Zoning rules in the area say that you can build three houses per acre but the houses need to face a road and that's where the cul-de-sac comes in.
Neighbors say the cul-de-sac will extend off of Mecklenburg Avenue and change the look of the neighborhood.
They also say developers are ignoring a city ordinance that states:
"All new development should provide for more than one access for ingress and egress, where feasible. Cul-de-sacs and other permanently dead-end streets should be avoided."
Hamilton Court, a resident from Plaza Midwood, feels that there are other options to make this work. "We feel like there is lot of feasible options of developing this property without using a cul-de-sac. Therefore it's not legal"
We reached out to the developer, "Red Cedar," to get their side but our calls were not returned.
This is not the first time cul-de-sacs have been installed in Plaza Midwood. A different developer used the same plan for a subdivision called "Josephine Court."
Sarah Gates remembers when Josephine Court came in. "The neighborhood, really, when Josephine court was built, sort of didn't like it. Do we want that for our neighborhood? I'm concerned because I don't necessarily feel like they completely understand how special Plaza Midwood is."
"This is where we want this to stop. This is where we want developers who come into our neighborhood to know we want them to be responsible," said Daniels.
UPDATE March 26,2016:
Red Cedar's Vice President Ben Blazed contacted Fox46 Charlotte with a statement about the development:
"I can confirm that our development project meets all of the current zoning and city ordinances, and that we are in the final stages of city approval. I can also confirm that we have received both support, and opposition, of our development from neighboring property owners. Those that support our development are excited to see new housing, residents, and investment coming into their community. Those that oppose our development, are voicing their desire for things to remain the same indefinitely. We are doing our best to consider the opinions of neighboring property owners that are on both sides of this issue. While the city did not require a public meeting as a condition of their approval, we chose to participate in a meeting with Plaza Midwood residents anyway, where we shared our development plan and design, and requested feedback from those in attendance. We have not been avoiding those residents, the news channels, or any other members of the community that wish to discuss our development plans, and we’ve promptly replied to every inquiry that we’ve received."