Albemarle City Council approves annexing, rezoning of land off St. Martin Road

Published 3:21 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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The Albemarle City Council on Monday night unanimously approved an annexation of about 30 acres off St. Martin Road near N.C. Highway 24-27 for residential single family housing. It then voted to rezone the land as R-8 Neighborhood Residential District.

The applicant, Joseph Burleson, proposes to develop this site with single family detached homes ranging between 100 to 260 total units. The city’s planning staff calculated the influx of new homes would bring in between 242 to 629 new residents and add as much as $534,000 to the city in terms of projected annual revenue.

“With the recent success of economic development in the area there is a tremendous need for additional residential housing in Albemarle and Stanly County,” Burleson wrote as part of the staff analysis document. “Additional housing options will help fulfill the demand people have for a place to live near their jobs.”

The parcels are in what the City Future Land Use Map deems to be a future growth area and well connected to both NCDOT streets and city services and infrastructure.

The tract of land Burleson wanted annexed consists of three parcels, which had been entirely within county limits. The properties are not located in a regulated floodplain or watershed district.

Burleson told Council he would be looking at utilizing the property for development sometime in the coming months.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Board on Oct. 6 unanimously made a favorable recommendation for Council to approve of the rezoning.

A traffic impact analysis would be required for development of this property and it should be expected that residential development on this site add approximately 1,000 to 2,600 trips per day to N.C. 24-27 and St. Martin Road. Turn lanes would likely be required by NCDOT.

The site should be able to access city utility services rather easily without the addition of significant off-site infrastructure.

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Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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