Planning board approves rezoning along Old Concord Road

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, March 24, 2015

With little discussion, the Rowan County Planning Board on Monday zipped through a rezoning for a business on Old Concord Road that’s expanding.

The planning board unanimously approved a rezoning from rural residential to commercial business industrial for a 1.59-acre tract of land owned by Mike and Lynn Hartness, who own Kustom Karts. The business customizes golf carts and owns a property adjacent to the property that was rezoned.

Nearly the only comment from planning board members during the meeting came from Joe Coladarci, who said: “It just makes sense.”

The piece of property is adjacent to the Summit Corporate Center. Two parcels of land are under construction in the Summit Corporate Center. One is the future home of a regional headquarters for Agility Fuels Systems and the other would contain a retail shopping complex.

Kustom Karts would be the third construction project in the area. Mike Hartness during the meeting said the reason for the rezoning is to allow his business to expand.

“I’m looking to put a building over there, bigger than what I have now,” Mike Hartness said. “We’re getting ready to do some big things within the next year and I just need more room.”

The property currently doesn’t contain any buildings or structures and is vacant.

The rezoning request from Mike and Lynn Hartness states the couple acquired the property in November 2014.

During the rezoning, the planning board went through a series of motions to state Kustom Kart’s request was consistent with the zoning district’s purpose, consistency with county plans and an approval of the overall rezoning.

All of the rezoning passed without opposition.

The Rowan County Planning Department’s staff recommendation, likewise, said the rezoning matched the intent of the county’s land use plan.

No one attended the meeting to speak in opposition to Kustom Kart’s request.

The rezoning from Kustom Karts will next head to the Rowan County Board of Commissioners for final approval.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246