The Matthews Board of Commissioners approved changes Monday, Aug. 13 that will halt development of cluster subdivisions in Matthews under the town’s current provisions, at least until the final word on pending N.C. Senate Bill 731.
Planning Director Kathi Ingrish gave a presentation during a public hearing last month discussing some of the changes that would be made to the ordinance and the need for those changes. Cluster subdivisions allow houses to be built on smaller lots in exchange for leaving open space for all residents.
Because the town believes the current standards need to be revised, and the Senate bill may limit the restrictions the town can place on the cluster subdivisions, some planners believe amending the zoning ordinance to end provisions for new cluster subdivisions is the best solution for now.
According to the changes to the zoning ordinance, “a cluster development under these provisions shall have been platted and recorded prior to Aug. 13, 2012.” The changes won’t affect existing cluster subdivisions as long as the subdivisions “remain substantially the same as recorded.”
Since an ordinance was adopted in 1988, Matthews has had provisions for cluster subdivisions within the single and multi-family zoning districts.