An application to rezone land on Hickory Flat Highway for commercial use will have to wait before it’s reviewed by Cherokee County officials.
The Cherokee County Planning Commission. commissioners unanimously agreed to table the rezoning last Tuesday until a revised site plan is developed.
Hazel Creek Properties, LLC, was requesting that 3.66 acres of land at 3202 Hickory Flat Highway be rezoned from residential requiring lots of at least 40,000 square feet to general commercial for retail and office space.
“What my client envisions with this rezoning is the ability to provide a home base for any business that needs one,” Hazel Creek Properties’ attorney Jeffrey Rusbridge said. “There’s currently a house on the property that would remain and be converted into retail or business space.”
Two additional buildings were proposed to be built on site, with one being a mix of retail and office space, while the other would be primarily designed for office usage. Rusbridge also said a driveway was proposed to be built connecting the buildings to Brick Mill Road, which forms the northern boundary of the property.
A trio of area residents spoke out during the public hearing portion of the meeting, all standing in some level of opposition to the proposed redevelopment of the site. Ursula Cox argued the plan could not go forward without more information and correct data, as she and others said there was a discrepancy between the amount of right-of-way shown on the proposed plan and that which they said was in place at the site. Lynn Lawson said Highway 140 was saturated with general commercial and believed the proposed redevelopment was not needed here. Lastly, Matt Harvers said he was not opposed to development on this property, but was against Hazel Creek Properties’ plan, as he felt it would make driving in the area unsafe, due to the amount of traffic the redevelopment would generate.
Planning Commissioner Lee Lusk said an existing driveway from Highway 140 to the house would be a better access point than putting a driveway on Brick Mill Road, which would add more traffic there. If a Brick Mill Road driveway was built, Lusk supported connecting it to the Highway 140 entrance.
Planning Commissioner Tom Hill agreed.
“It says it’s on 140, the entrance needs to be on 140,” Hill said.
Planning commissioners asked the developer to consider removing the Brick Mill Road entrance and leave buffers against surrounding properties undisturbed, and come back with a revised site plan.