HUNTERSVILLE – The Vermillion subdivision off Vanguard Parkway will have room for more families, after the town board approved changes to the subdivision’s Phase 4 sketch plan during its April 1 meeting.

Bowman Development Group, the subdivision’s developers, will convert three 60-foot-wide single-family homes into five 30-foot-wide single-family homes. The changes also include adding flexibility to 27 vacant townhome lots, which would become 54 duplexes.

“We thought we’d just design some flexibility in (to the subdivision’s plan),” developer Robert Bowman said.

Vermillion was originally planned for 2,200 homes in 1999, but Bowman Development projects the build-out to be in the 1,470-home range now, according to the town planning staff.

The Phase 4 sketch plan initially had 238 homes in its October 2000 approval. The 88-acre subdivision is now slated to hold 267 homes.

The board unanimously supported the sketch plan revisions. Commissioners Melinda Bales and Ron Julian were not present at the meeting.

The board also conducted a public hearing for a rezoning request by Kalmia, Inc.’s Richard Turner to rezone 6.85 acres at Calvary Chapel, 12340 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road from Corporate Business to Highway Commercial-Residential.

Calvary Chapel Pastor Mike Burner spoke in favor of the rezoning, which would allow for expansions to the church parking lot. The church recently moved into the building, which was previously an office building.

Commissioner Jeff Neely suggested the church use parking spaces at the nearby SAERTEX plant to alleviate further parking concerns.

Burner said the church asked SAERTEX to use some spaces for parking. He said SAERTEX initially approved the request, but later backed out.

“Due to possible insurance issues, we were asked not to (park cars at SAERTEX) and we honored that,” he added.

The parking expansion, which Burner said was 2-3 months away, would add space for at least 27 more cars.

“It’s our desire that no one would park on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road (for church),” Burner said.

The board also conducted public hearings and held votes for Cambridge-Huntersville’s request to annex part of Huntersville Market into the town, and for another request from Bowman to close Alley Fourth, near Cinnabar Place.

Town leaders passed both requests unanimously.