Hopper Communities submitted a revised site plan for the Elm Street project on April 10, 2019. The revised site plan includes changes requested by City staff following the March 14, 2019 Council meeting. At the 3/14 meeting, Council received comments from the public regarding the subdivision. City staff had 2 working sessions with the developer, on 3/21 and on 4/3, to recommend changes to the site plan. The revised site plan includes the following changes:
- Bigger lots – Original site plan included 52′ lots. Revised site plan includes 60′ lots.
- Lower density – Original site plan included a density of 2.3 units/acre for a total of 285 lots. The revised site plan includes a density of 2.17 units/acre for a total of 265 lots.
- Less cul-de-sacs: The original site plan included 14 cul-de-sacs. The revised site plan includes 10 cul-de-sacs.
- Street connectivity – City staff requested a stub out to connect north phases of the project to South Beverly to facilitate access to Hwy 24/27. In addition, 2 (two) other stub outs were requested to the adjacent property on the north of Elm Street portion of the project. The revised site plan will be posted here once available.
- Open Space & Amenities – The open space proposed remains unchanged at 40 acres or 33% of the entire site. The amenities will include at least 1 play ground for each side of Elm Street, and 1 pocket park or dog park for each side of Elm Street.
- Mockingbird Ln. connectivity – The subdivision is still planned to connect to Mockingbird Lane. However, the road will be barricaded until the project is complete to avoid construction vehicles traveling on Mockingbird Ln. and other neighboring streets.
- Elm Street Improvements – The City and Hopper Communities met with NCDOT Division #10 on April 3, 2019 to go over the required improvements. NCDOT is requiring turning lanes along Elm Street to facilitate access in/out of the subdivision. A copy of the improvements will be made available to the public once it’s available to the City.
Hopper Communities is scheduled to present the revised site plan to the Locust City Council during the May 9, 2019 City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Joel Honeycutt Room in Locust City Hall located at 186 Ray Kennedy Dr.