by Aaron Burns

HUNTERSVILLE – Eighty-eight single-family homes won’t be enough to satisfy Hopper Communities Inc., the developers of the Bellington subdivision.

Bart Hopper, founder of Charlotte-based Hopper Communities, discussed a 12-house addition in the town board’s Nov. 5 meeting.

Bellington will be located on the north side of Huntersville-Concord Road, off exit 23.

Hopper said his proposal, which was approved in 2006, could handle 100 homes by removing some open space the developers deemed unnecessary. Most of the open space located in the middle of the 41-acre subdivision would be used to build the houses.

“Part of the land originally ... was for a pool clubhouse, and we’ve decided we can put houses there instead and still have some open space,” Hopper said. “When we had our proposal passed, the economy was a lot better, so we felt like at that point a pool clubhouse was (best-suited for the area).”

The subdivision’s initial proposal would have slightly more than 2.1 houses per acre. That number will rise with the extra houses, but not by much, Hopper said.

Town Principal Planner David Peete said residents had questions about the subdivision’s initial plan and how it would handle the onslaught of traffic. Hopper said every effort has been made to assuage those concerns, even with the possible addition of 12 houses.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on our plan, trying to put in details,” he said. “(The effect) will be pretty much nil in terms of traffic. We’re looking at about 12 extra cars, roughly one per house, that would be added (to the traffic flow).”

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The town board also held a public hearing for a request by Carillon Assisted Living to rezone 4.5 acres on Commerce Center Drive near Huntersville Commons, for a 96-bed, two-story assisted living facility.

There were concerns about increased traffic near residential areas, but Huntersville resident Joe Casey said Carillon’s revised plan was acceptable.

“After looking at the revised proposal, we’re willing to live with it,” Casey said. q