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Buncombe County Board of Adjustment approves Old Charlotte Doran

Doran Companies' lawyer Derek Allen, left, and Warren Sugg of Civil Design Concepts, right, present the Old Charlotte Doran project to the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment on Jan. 11.

ASHEVILLE – Southeast Buncombe County will be getting new development after the county’s Board of Adjustment approved in a 4-1 vote a 516-unit residential development off Charlotte Highway.

Around 10 nearby residents, most of whom live in a neighborhood called Eastwood Village that is located next to the future development, came out to the Jan. 11 meeting to speak against the project, citing potential problems ranging from traffic and stormwater to county notices sent to those living nearby. Two others came out to speak in favor of the project, arguing that the project represented responsible development that will help ease the area’s housing shortage.

“A lot of times developers are looked at — including myself even though I’ve done award-winning green development and I’m trying to build affordable housing — developers are still looked at in a bad way despite the fact that we’re providing one of the basic necessities. It’s a human right to have housing,” said David Moritz, a developer who came to speak in favor of the project.

The board also approved four other items that came before them. Here is what the board approved:

David Moritz, a developer, spoke to the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment on Jan. 11 in favor of the Old Charlotte Doran project.

Old Charlotte Doran Special Use Permit

Project Overview: 516 units (210 apartments, 130 townhouses and 176 duplexes) on almost 99 acres of land. The project’s developer is Minneapolis-based Doran Companies.

Over 50% of the site will be preserved with trails, and the development will have a number of clubhouses, pools, playgrounds, dog parks and other amenities. Landscape buffers will run across the west and east sides of the property made up of at least two rows of evergreen trees.

Site plans for Old Charlotte Doran, a residential project on Old Charlotte Road. The yellow rectangles are buildings, the grey lines are roads, the dark green lines are walking trails, the light green lines are landscape buffers and the blue lines are streams. Asheville-based Civil Design Concepts made the plans for Minneapolis-based developer Doran Companies.

Entrances and exits to the site will be on Old Charlotte Highway and on June Sayles Road, with the June Sayles Road and Charlotte Highway intersection receiving a traffic signal.

“The vision for this property was to create a master plan community much like Eastwood (Village) to the west, providing multiple housing opportunities,” Doran Companies President of Development Tony Kuechle said at the meeting. “The goal is really just to create a neighborhood and a sense of community on the site.”

Address: 107 & 113 Old Charlotte Highway

Neighbor Complaints: Environmental impact was on the minds of most who spoke against the project.

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