MATTHEWS – Plans for a new subdivision off Rice Road were put on hold by the Matthews Board of Commissioners on Feb. 11 after several minor last-minute changes by developers led the board to postpone a final decision until March 11.
Kinger Homes is proposing to build 31 single-family homes on 13.6 acres at 2401 Rice Road. The Matthews Planning Board recommended approval of the rezoning request back in October. Prices for homes in the subdivision will start at $350,000.
Those last-minute changes were related to fencing and landscaping screening around the planned subdivision.
“As you are aware, there has been a flurry of last-minute changes and emails regarding this site,” interim Planning Director Joe Camp said. “There have been a lot of proposals that have come in as late as a few hours ago. I’m not up to speed on all the aspects of that.’’
Commissioner Chris Melton indicated he supports the proposed development “from the 30,000-foot level,” but he urged commissioners to postpone a vote until the last-minute changes were resolved and put into the final proposal.
“We need to let the dust settle and get some time to get it right,” Commissioner John Urban said.
The board then voted 7-0 to defer a final vote until March 11.
Commissioner Kress Query voiced concerns about traffic safety in the planned subdivision and asked about installing a raised speed table in front of several of the proposed homes. There is a planned three-way stop in the subdivision but Camp said people tend “to blow through” stop signs in low-speed settings.
Mayor Paul Bailey said the developer has agreed to build any speed calming measures that the town requests.
“This is town right of way so we can implement any type of traffic calming,” Camp said.
The board set a public hearing for April 8 for a rezoning request for a Discount Tire store at 1625 Windsor Square Drive and approved elevations for Phase 2 at the Village of Plantation Estates.
Last August, the board denied a rezoning request at 1625 Windsor Square Drive for an ABC Store, which is the site of the former Tilted Kilt. The denial of a rezoning application results in a one-year waiting period for a new application at the site, but the board found there are substantial changes from the previous request and allowed the new proposal to go through the rezoning process.
“That building is vacant and is doing us no good,” Urban said.
Discount Tire plans to raze the current building and construct a new one.
The board also voted 7-0 to approve elevations for the final phase of construction at Village at Plantation Estates. The final phase includes four apartment buildings with 72 units and eight duplexes with 16 villas.
Once the final phase is complete, the complex will have a total of 234 independent living units, 198 apartments and 36 villas in 18 duplexes.