Hopper Communities submitted a revised grading study that corresponds to the revised sketch plan submitted on 7.26.2019. The scope of work remains the same. However, the Developer anticipates a reduction in the amount of grading resulting from the elimination of BMPs and the reduction of overall impervious surface.
Hopper Communities accepted the Development Agreement for the Elm Street project on Friday, July 26, 2019. In addition, they submitted a revised sketch plan showing the changes after complying with the Development Agreement. The total number of units in the subdivision is 247 or 2.0 dwelling units per acre. (previous plan included 265 lots or 2.17 du/a.) The lots, as per the Development Agreement, will be 70 feet wide; they will have sidewalks on both sides, and one (1) lane of on-street parking.
Hopper Communities consulted with NCDEQ and plans to reduce the impervious surface of the project in order to eliminate the use of BMPs. The property previously reserved for the use of BMPs will now be developed as residential lots and amenities.
Hopper Communities submitted a revised sketch plan for the Elm Street project on May 9, 2019. The revised sketch plan includes changes requested by City staff after review of the April 10th sketch plan. It includes an additional road stub to the Glenn R Smith Jr property on the eastern portion of the subdivision.
Hopper Communities submitted a Grading Study for discussion purposes during the May 9, 2019 City Council meeting.
Hopper Communities submitted a revised sketch plan for the Elm Street project on April 10, 2019. The revised sketch 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 sketch plan. The revised sketch plan includes the following changes:
- Bigger lots – Original sketch plan included 52′ lots. Revised sketch plan includes 60′ lots.
- Lower density – Original sketch plan included a density of 2.3 units/acre for a total of 285 lots. The revised sketch plan includes a density of 2.17 units/acre for a total of 265 lots.
- Less cul-de-sacs: The original sketch plan included 14 cul-de-sacs. The revised sketch 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 sketch plan will be posted here once available.
- Open Space & Amenities – The open space proposed remains unchanged at 40 acres or 33% of the entire property site. The amenities will include at least 1 play ground and one dog or pocket park.
- 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 sketch 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.