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Citizens Against Rezoning Ranger Island, Lake Norman

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Residents of Denver, NC and surrounding Lake Norman Communities:

We, the residents of Denver, NC and surrounding Lake Norman communities, hereby file a protest to the Lincoln County Planning Board and the Lincoln County Commissioners against a request to rezone 11 acres from R-SF (Residential-Single Family) to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential) to permit 30 multi-family dwelling units, either townhouses or condominiums, and three lots for single-family detached homes. The subject property (Parcel ID# 02446, 32529, 32530, 32531, 32533, 33110, 56307 and 57413) is located on Ranger Island Road, Mozelle Sherrill Drive and Ranger Island Marina Road.

Primary objections include (not exhaustive):

This multi-family unit development is not consistent with the surrounding development pattern and will overwhelm the existing resources such as sewer, roads, emergency service, schools and our land space.

-A precedent was set in 2017 when County Commissioners denied a similar development off Graham Road issued by the Lincoln County Commissioners (PD #2011-2-A; Parcel ID# 32044 and 79143). One of the Commissioners stated, “The development’s proposed density, particularly the density of the zero-lot-line homes, is not in character with the predominant development pattern in the surrounding area. The condos on the adjacent property were developed prior to the active zoning in this area and are not representative of this area. Finally, I believe that this would set a bad precedent for all future development in the Lake Norman area.” (Lincoln Times News, March 8, 2017).

-The proposed multifamily development is not consistent with the existing community and the infrastructure is not in place to prevent issues now and in the future. Developers cannot continue to develop and infringe on the rights of the community, and then push the costs of infrastructure to the tax base so they can maximize their profits.

-Unity Church Road is already overwhelmed with traffic use, a point that has been made by County Commissioners in meetings related to the public beach that is scheduled to be built at the end of Unity Church Road at Beatties Ford Park.

-Emergency Vehicles will not be able to respond in a timely or efficient manner to incidents that happen along the Unity Church Corridor with the already additional traffic 350 visitors to the Beatties Ford Beach will create. Additional traffic from this multifamily development will worsen the situation.

-Traffic on Ranger Island Road and Ranger Island Marina Road is already excessive and too fast, endangering the welfare of children who play on those streets and wildlife from the lake.

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