By Michele Dotson

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners held a public meeting on March 19 to discuss options to the ordinances governing the use of building materials for single family dwellings.

“I’m concerned about the mixture of homes,” says Mayor Ted Biggers. “We want to make sure that we’re creating an ordinance that will have the same quality, and provide builders with some flexibility to make the houses more attractive.”

The board discussed three separate options for the ordinance.

Option one basically would leave the language the same, and would require no action by the Board.

Currently, the ordinance states that “A minimum of 50% of the total dwellings (within a planned development) shall be brick.”

With this ordinance, any requests for waivers or exceptions would have to be approved on a case by case basis in a Conditional Zoning site plan.

Options two and three would require a text amendment and a vote at a regularly scheduled monthly commissioners meeting after presentation to the public.

Option two would modify the language to state, “A minimum of 50% of the total dwelling units shall have masonry on all vertical walls of the home, with the exception of approved accent materials on the architectural elements such as gables and dormers.”

For a point of clarification, Commissioner Tina Ross indicated that by definition, stucco was not considered masonry as it was defined for her at the last workshop on building materials.

The wording on option two was therefore revised to read brick, stone, or stucco, in lieu of the word masonry.

Commissioner Mickey Ellington is in favor of requiring more homes be made of brick or stone.

“Brick doesn’t ever have to painted,” he says. “It’s easy to keep up.”

Option three would have the 50% of the total dwelling units made of brick, stone, or stucco requirement removed entirely from the amendment, a move none of the commissioners was willing to support.

The commissioners unanimously agreed Option Two best matches the vision for future Mint Hill growth. As in the first option, any requests for waivers or exceptions outside the ordinance will be addressed on a case by case basis in a Conditional Zoning site plan approval.