Gaston Community Organizes Opposition to Proposed 1500 Home Development
GASTON, NC – A Gaston County community is pushing back against plans to develop nearly 500 acres of land South of Cramerton.
“We understand that Charlotte is growing,” said nearby resident Heather LeVine, “we understand that track of land is going to be developed, but it needs to be done smartly and with the infrastructure in place to begin with.”
LeVine says she’s concerned about the size of the project and the environmental and financial impacts.
“It will significantly impact their taxes,” said LeVine.
According to the developer’s website, the project consists of single-family homes, townhomes and an active adult community. The home prices start in the mid 200’s.
“The runoff will go right into Lake Wylie,” said LeVine talking about the potential environmental impacts.
Mitchell Sprinkles says land off South New Hope Road was clear-cut for retail space earlier this year. He says mud from that project has filled his pond.
“It’s heartbreaking to see it like this,” said Sprinkles.
With more construction planned for just beyond his tree line, Spinkles says he’s worried about the health of creeks and streams.
“It’s going to create the same mud holes on there properties that it did here,” said Sprinkles.
The developer has pledged $17 million dollars for infrastructure upgrades, but residents say it’s not nearly enough to accommodate the potential population boom.
“The traffic situation on new hope road is just terrible,” said Sprinkles.
The developer, MT Land, has several hurdles before breaking ground. Gaston county would have to rezone the property for residential use and Cramerton would have to annex the neighborhood to provide water and utilities.
WCCB reached out to the developer for comment and did not hear back.
A community meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Gaston Christian Church.