A conservation subdivision zoning case that drew opposition earlier this year is set to be re-heard by the Cherokee County Planning Commission Tuesday evening.
Manor Restorations is seeking to have just under 74 acres of land at 7351 Knox Bridge Highway rezoned from agricultural to residential to build 110 houses. The land is currently zoned as agricultural and is undeveloped.
Conservation subdivisions build houses on smaller lots to preserve more greenspace and end up with the same overall density. The average lot size for the proposed development would be 10,000 square feet, though some lots could be 5,000 square feet. Under the proposed zoning, lots are normally required to be at least 20,000 square feet.
Responding to public comments about traffic and other potential issues, the developers submitted a letter Thursday offering 19 stipulations and conditions. If county commissioners approve the rezoning, those conditions would include: all 110 homes would be built without any vinyl materials on the exterior, a mandatory homeowners’ association would be established for the community, all construction vehicles would be parked on the property, construction would only take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and the developer would contribute $100,000 toward the installation of a traffic signal on Knox Bridge Highway.
The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved sending the case back to the planning commission on Feb. 2 after developers said they were changing the plans. The planning commission originally 4-3 to recommend denial of the proposed rezoning, with commission members Bob Whitaker, Lisa Tressler and Tom Hill opposing the measure.
During the hearing in January, all but one citizen spoke out in opposition to the case. Traffic was a major concern for both nearby residents and some members of the planning commission. Another key concern was that residents in this community would be zoned for Teasley Middle School, which is currently operating at more than 100 percent capacity, county zoning manager Michael Chapman said.
Should the planning commission make a recommendation Tuesday evening, the county’s board of commissioners will consider it at its May 4 meeting.