Seven Oaks development plan heads to vote Oct. 17

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comSeptember 23, 2013 

— Belmont planners have had a listen and now a look at the proposed Seven Oaks development on Lake Wylie. Up next, a vote.

The Belmont Planning and Zoning Board met Thursday night, hearing for the second straight month about plans for more than 800 homes, and multiple commercial and recreation uses, on the Lake Wylie peninsula long home to Daniel Stowe. Thursday was the first time a plan on paper appeared before the group that now has 40 days to make a decision.

“It was tabled to the October meeting,” said Alex Robinson, city senior planner. “This was their first look at it. It’s a fairly large project.”

Steven Hinshaw, partner with developer NW Lake Wylie LLC, said there were no major changes but “some minor tweaks here and there” between the first and second proposal. The planning board will make a recommendation, but Belmont City Council has the final say.

“Things seem to be on track at this point,” Hinshaw said.

Property owners NW Lake Wylie, Catawba Lands Conservancy and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden petitioned to jointly annex and rezone 25 land parcels totaling 997 acres. Of those acres, 670 would be used for a total of 810 homes, 120 of them lakefront. An active adult community likely would be placed near Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. A public park would be located at the Seven Oaks Farm.

The plan also involves commercial properties. One would be located at the intersection of Armstrong and South New Hope roads. Another would be off Pole Branch Road near the state line, to be developed with “appropriate waterfront commercial units,” according to the developer at the first zoning board meeting.

Belmont City Council likely will hold a public hearing about the annexation Nov. 4. If the property is brought into city limits, it will be given a new zoning.

Although about 30 acres of the development sit in South Carolina, a similar decision south of the state line isn’t needed. The current zoning there allows for the planned property use. The South Carolina portion sits on the southeastern tip of the property, accessible only by its neighboring state or by boat. Plans show two cul-de-sac drives there.

The entire project would have four entrances off of South New Hope and two more off Armstrong. If the property is annexed and city utilities provided, utility mains may have to travel under the river or along a bridge there.

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