Stop-Solis-Chestnut-Farms-Apartments Keep up the Fight?

About 3 months ago, the community learned of the secret plan by Stallings to allow Terwilliger-Pappas Multi-family Partners, LLC to build a 302 unit apartment complex at the intersection of Chestnut Lane and Weddington Road.  This intersection is a busy semi-rural two-lane crossroads with no employment or shopping nearby.  The big draw here for the developer are the excellent schools and the proximity of Colonel Beatty Park.  The developer approached the Town Planner in mid-July 2018 about doing a couple of projects in Stallings. During the process, the Town of Stallings elected to rezone the property from single family to a new mixed-use zoning using a Small Area Plan process to allow for high density development and keep the developer from getting involved in a rezoning fight. The town had done this in a few other locations in the town and residents nearby complained they were never notified and they never saw a sign. But no one ever challenged the Town in court due to the high cost of entry.

Due to the way that state laws are written, only adjoining property owners have legal standing to challenge a re-zoning in court. We have the Courtyards at Weddington Road HOA that owns a small strip of land that adjoins the proposed site of the Solis branded apartments. A lawsuit was filed and the community has been providing some financial support through a go fund me page. But, the gfm is not keeping up with legal expenses.  

The Town Planner has submitted an affidavit in the Motion to Dismiss our lawsuit stating that she notified adjoining property owners.  We know that she failed to notify the Courtyards and at least one other adjoiner, but only the Courtyards is willing to file a counter affidavit.  The Town Planner also states that she posted signs, but has offered no proof of this.

There were 1521 signers of the first petition to stop these apartments, but only about 150 people have actually donated money for legal expenses. Here are the questions: Do we seek a settlement with the developer that still allows them to build a slightly smaller apartment complex, perhaps 200 units instead of 300? Or do we fight and will you donate some funds on the gfm website? Sign the petition if you want us to keep up the fight.

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