10.0 Future Residential Development Pattern
In terms of future residential development, a mixed-use village development pattern will compliment the current development pattern which focuses higher density in the core of Town and lower density development within the Town’s eastern and western areas. The new village development pattern is focused in small and large mixed-use centers located at the intersection of major thoroughfares (see circles, following page). Map H-5 illustrates this pattern.
Map H-5 - Huntersville Development Pattern
As stated in the Economic Development and Commercial Focus Area (Section 8.0 and Map CD-2), it is important that future mixed-use village nodes in the eastern and western areas of Huntersville should not be rezoned for speculative purposes but instead be established to meet an existing need after significant public input is received following the development of an area plan.
It is anticipated that future mixed-use village nodes in the eastern and western areas of town will be characterized by a small commercial component (under 40,000 square feet), civic uses, a variety of residential types, and significant open space with very low density development surrounding the village (see Figure H-4).
The objective of this pattern is to provide a definable edge to the village, thereby avoiding sprawl.
Figure H-4 - Example of Small Mixed-Use Village Development
In contrast to the small mixed-use village development shown in Figure H-4, is the large mixed-use development known as Bryton, located in the south central area of town, just north of I-485 and along the future North Corridor rail line. Approved as a transit oriented development with commercial and employment areas, Bryton will consist of 198 single-family units, 2,305 multi-family units, 1 million square feet of commercial space and 1.2 million square feet of office/flex light industrial space (see Figure H-5).
Figure H-5 - Bryton
The mixed-use node development pattern has been recommended in a series of Small Area Plans prepared since 2005 (see Map I-2) and is consistent with the “centers, corridors and wedges” land use pattern that Charlotte-Mecklenburg adopted in 1995.
Similar to Huntersville’s approach to the integration of land use and transportation, this plan recommended focusing development in areas that can be served by existing services and are located along major thoroughfares. This land use pattern is intended to avoid “sprawl” development, allowing for the efficient provision of public utilities, roads and services, along with the preservation of open space and recreation areas to serve these nodes.