‘We don’t want it’: Neighbors push back against Monroe development

An empty lot in Monroe could become a development with more than 300 single-family homes.

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The developer was going to ask for a rezoning approval this week at a city meeting. However, the attorney representing the applicant, Century Communities, has requested to defer this item until the February planning board meeting, according to Bradley Lucore with the City of Monroe. This item will not be heard at Wednesday’s planning board meeting.

They could further defer to a later date if they decide to make changes that would require additional review.

Residents who live in the area are pushing back against the proposal.

Carol Benston and at least a dozen other people who have lived near Weddington Road and Red Maple Drive are doing everything to keep the area quiet.

“It’s ridiculous,” Benston said. “Totally ridiculous.”

Residents said traffic will ruin their neighborhood.

They are also worried that the smaller lots will bring down their property values.

“They are overpacking it,” resident Carole Williams said. “They are trying to turn it into a Charlotte, and we don’t want it.”

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