Meridian Associates is proposing a 50-home development on 10.7 acres zoned for agricultural use on the north side of Brownstone Road about a quarter mile west of Main Street. The council approved the rezoning of that property to single-family residential.
The proposed parcels range in size from 6,000 to 12,019 square feet, and the development's streets will run parallel and perpendicular to Brownstone Road. The project borders commercial property to the east and south along Main Street and Neroly, and is currently home to both horses and vineyards.
Cheryl Stinnette, who owns Fairview Heating and Air Conditioning, which borders the project separated by a metal wall, wonders how the development will accommodate its plans.
"I guess my concern would be how they are going to get all those houses on that little parcel of land," said Stinnette. "I can't imagine that."
Concerns raised by the council and local residents included issues such as drainage, fencing, maintenance of a ditch and the location of a storm drain, which currently is designed to cut across a vineyard. There was also discussion of the possibility of providing a neighborhood park nearby.
Despite the potential problems, Councilperson Carol Rios thinks the project has merit and is worth pursuing.
"There are some drainage problems and other items that we want addressed," said Rios. "But I think we can solve them and I think we can make the project work."
The next step in the process is for the developer to take a look at the council's requests and decide if the project is still financially feasible. In any case, the project is still years from fruition.
"It's going to take a while," said Rios. "I don't think anyone is going to wake up in June and see a new development there. It takes time."