By Leah Schmalz
The town of Mint Hill held public hearings last Thursday on zoning requests filed by Mecklenburg County and Carillon Assisted Living to construct new facilities in the area.
Chris Matthews presented on the proposed nature center and education building at Steven’s Creek Nature Preserve. The preserve plays a major role in protecting Stevens Creek and supporting endangered wildlife. “We want to make sure that people understand why we did it and why streams are important, and so really the theme of this property is going to be about water quality protection,” Matthews said.
He explained that most nature preserves in the county are open around 8 am until sundown. “Being a nature preserve, we really try hard to not have a lot of lights on at night,” Matthews said. “We’re not only concerned about our neighbors; we’re concerned about wildlife, too.” Matthews said noise should be just as minimal as light. There will also be a gate at the front entrance to deter visitors when the preserve is closed.
Residents from Maple Hollow Lane expressed concern about the planned pedestrian entrance within their neighborhood leading to more traffic and parked cars. Matthews said this hasn’t been the case with other preserves that include a similar pedestrian entrance. “Whatever the residents of Maple Hollow feel is going to be best for their community, we’ll make sure we honor that in the design of anything we do,” Matthews said. Residents should receive notification of upcoming meetings and workshops. […]