The contentious past of a large plot of land near the Fayetteville Ingles has found a positive conclusion with Thursday night’s approval of annexations and rezoning necessary for a residential development.
Following years of disputes between the City of Fayetteville and developers, both in city chambers and in court rooms, along with complaints from neighbors of the project, the land totaling roughly 66 acres has a plan that is now suitable to all parties involved.
“It’s been a long, long road with a lot of changes and a lot of things that had to happen, but I think we’ve gotten to a place that we can have a really nice neighborhood there and keep up our property values,” said developer Bob Rolader. “We’ve got a lot (of land) around us that we look forward to developing in the future, and we look forward to seeing this as a gem for the city.”
The latest update drops the number of homes again, now at 129 lots, with at least 26 lots to be at least 70 feet wide and the other 103 lots to be at least 60 feet wide.
In 2016, the plan called for 192 single-family homes and 78 townhouses over 98 acres. By fall 2016, a revision saw the concept plan feature 233 single-family homes. Revised again, in January 2017, the plan called for 203 residential lots, a 1.2-acre commercial lot, and an 8-acre self-storage facility. In February of this year, the plan called for 145 homes.
Gary Woods, the the Homeowners Association president for a nearby neighborhood that was once staunchly opposed, said his group is ready to drop all of their concerns.
“We will now lend our support to the project,” Woods said.
Mayor Ed Johnson expressed relief that the land finally has a clear future.
“I want to express our sincerest thanks for working with the citizens of Fayetteville and Fayette County to come up with a plan that hopefully will be acceptable to everyone,” said Johnson. “This is truly an indication of how, when the citizens in the community come together with developers and the government, we can work harmoniously towards a resolution.”