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Vote NO to Commercial Development on NC 84 and Potter Road

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ATTENTION – WESLEY CHAPEL NEEDS YOUR VOICE

High Intensity Commercial Development Proposed for Corner of NC 84 and Potter Road

Local developer Dennis Moser has applied to change the land use designation of multiple properties near the intersection of NC 84 and Potter Road (across the street from Wesley Chapel Elementary School). Currently the Village of Wesley Chapel’s Future Land Use Plan lists these properties as Low Density Residential with a small section (about one acre) as Office/Institutional. Moser has applied to change these properties to High Intensity Commercial. His plan for these 20+ acres includes a grocery store, a convenience store with 16 fuel pumps, 2 fast food restaurants, 1 casual restaurant, 1 retail building, and 4 retail buildings with second floor office spaces – and would generate an estimated 14,343 new vehicle trips daily.

The Village’s Planning and Zoning Administrator recommends denial of Moser’s application because the proposed changes are not consistent with policies governing current and future commercial growth in Wesley Chapel. The Village’s Future Land Use Plan was created in 2003 to help guide the growth and development of Wesley Chapel. (This plan is located on the village website and is reviewed every 5 years by the Village Council. The last review was completed and approved in November 2015 by the current members of Village Council.)

The Village’s Land Use Plan text conflicts with Moser’s application in many areas, including:

  • Goal #1: “To maintain the strong single family low-density character of the Village.”
  • Goal #2: "To prevent strip development from occurring anywhere in Wesley Chapel by limiting new non-residential development to designated strategic locations."
  • Goal #2, Policy #1: "The Village's commercial, governmental and institutional hub, located at the intersection of NC 84 and Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road, should be supported and encouraged to finish build-out."
  • Goal #2, Policy #2 includes: “Commercial development will be limited to low density small scale retail which provides neighborhood services, rural cottage industries and/or small-scale recreational opportunities.”

Moser has requested the Village’s Land Use Plan text be changed to include the intersection of NC 84 and Potter Road as part of the commercial hub of Wesley Chapel. This intense commercial development would generate high traffic volumes outside the original core at NC 84 and Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road.

By signing this petition we express the firm belief that changing the land designation of these properties to High Intensity Commercial would negatively impact our community. These significant negative impacts include, but are not limited to:

  • Disturbs the rural, small town atmosphere of Wesley Chapel.
  • Sets precedent for allowing additional strip commercial development away from the commercial core of Wesley Chapel.
  • Increased traffic on already problematic and congested roads.
  • Increased collisions at the entrances and exits to this development, especially at the new road proposed across from Price Point Drive on NC 84.
  • Increased risk to students, parents, and school buses trying to enter and exit Wesley Chapel Elementary School via a dangerous intersection and congested roads.
  • Increased traffic will make it difficult for fire trucks, ambulances, law enforcement, and other public safety officials to travel quickly and safely through Wesley Chapel during emergencies.
  • Increased crime and the need for additional law enforcement officers.
  • Increased dangers to public safety with high intensity development (including fuel pumps) and traffic around a natural gas substation.
  • Increased storm water problems from high intensity development on land planned for low density residential.
  • Changing the Village’s Future Land Use Plan will damage our ability to properly plan for the future of our growing community. 

It is also important to mention that resident surveys were conducted in 2007 and 2016. The majority of responses conveyed that residents want to preserve the rural, small town atmosphere of Wesley Chapel or that residents prefer the rural residential or agrarian development of Wesley Chapel.  

We, the residents and homeowners of Wesley Chapel, strongly urge Council members Jeannine Kenary, William Rodriguez, Paul Kaperonis, Mike Como, and Mayor David Kapfhammer to vote NO to changing the land use designation for these properties near the intersection of NC 84 and Potter Road.

We, the residents and homeowners of Wesley Chapel, acknowledge that Moser’s application would significantly alter the footprint of Wesley Chapel and negatively impact others who commute or travel frequently through this intersection. Those who will be negatively impacted are welcome to sign this petition.

Important Information for Petition Signers:

  • For more information, or to request a paper version of this online petition, please email votenowelseychapel@gmail.com

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