Editor’s note: The author once owned the land now home to the Hampton Green subdivision in Matthews and the proposed Plantation Estates expansion.
Plantation Estates project ‘should be encouraged’
When my husband and I sold the land … many years ago to develop Hampton Green, there was an opportunity to have access through Bubbling Well Road to N.C. Highway 51. In order not to “upset” a small minority of those (residents) living on Bubbling Well, it was decided by the town council to limit the entrance of Hampton Green to just one, off South Trade Street.
We are now living with the results of their short-sightedness and their willingness to placate a minority.
It is often a bad idea to give unreasonable weight to a vocal minority serving their own interests rather than step back and consider what is in the best interest of a majority and the community.
While reading newspaper articles regarding ACTS’ recent request to amend their zoning, it appears there was a proposal to open a second road into Hampton Green which would require opening a road at the end of a cul-de-sac. There were some members of council who voiced opposition to that alternative. This alternative would place the proposed road farther from the traffic light on South Trade Street and would provide a better option than the previously approved street.
If this is a viable option, and I believe it is, the majority of those in Hampton Green that would benefit should take precedence over a minority that might be impacted.
When my children and I decided to sell our property, we did not want to add to the traffic congestion in Matthews or create any additional impact on the schools. So we decided to sell to a retirement community as opposed to a residential home developer – we were approached by both.
I have lived at Plantation Estates for several years now, and have first-hand knowledge of the comings and goings of our residents. We do not create rush hour traffic, either in the morning or afternoon. This (new) community will be an asset to Matthews and should be encouraged not disparaged.
It is possible that if ACTS cannot develop this property, due to constraints by the town commissioners, this land would be sold and eventually be developed as a residential community which would negatively impact both traffic and the schools in our area.
If homes for families of four or more were to be built on this property, that use would add considerably more traffic at peak hours as well as have an unfavorable impact on our local schools.
Aana Lisa Johnson Whatley