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Hickory council OKs rezoning, annexation for housing development

Hickory council OKs rezoning, annexation for housing development

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The Hickory City Council agreed to annex and rezone property for a housing project off Short Road and Eller Drive at its meeting Tuesday.

The companies REC Group and RECL NC requested the annexation and rezoning for the 137-acre property.

The council’s agenda packet indicated the developers are planning to build 316 single-family houses.

However, Eric Yeargain, a land development manager with Neill Grading & Construction Co. who is involved with the project, told the council the companies are looking at between 280 and 300 homes in the preliminary phases of the planning.

The rezoning approved by the council allows up to 549 homes.

Speaking to the council during the public hearing on the rezoning, Yeargain said they would have a better idea of the project details later in the process.

“I think tonight’s anticipated and hopeful approval will allow us to transition from a preliminary planning stage, which is very raw at this point, into a more intense design phase which will bring more clarity to the details of the proposal,” Yeargain said.

At this point, the developers are planning to have lots that are 40, 50 or 60 feet wide. Yeargain also said he expects most of the homes would be larger than 1,400 square feet.

Planning Director Brian Frazier said the developers will be meeting with representatives of the city, Catawba County and N.C. Department of Transportation for a review of the subdivision plans.

Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.


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