An expected vote before the Board of Supervisors over a controversial road extension in Gluckstadt didn’t occur Monday after the matter was pulled from the agenda to give developers more time to gather information. 

Three land developers — Ron Hutchinson, John Harreld and Annette Harreld — are seeking approval from supervisors to remove two restrictive conditions on commercial property they own on Church Road. 

Supervisors discussed the matter earlier this month but tabled a vote for two weeks because Board President Trey Baxter, who represents District 2, was absent. 

Planning & Zoning Director Scott Weeks said the reason the matter was not brought up for discussion on Monday was because the board had requested developers bring certain information forward, specifically a more in-depth traffic study. 

“When they provide that information we’ll put them back on the agenda,” Weeks said. 

Weeks said it’s possible the matter will be brought up for a vote on July 1 at the next board meeting.



Hutchinson and the Harrelds are seeking to remove two conditions on 3.71 acres of land that currently requires a cul-de-sac to be built instead of a connector road to Church Road they wish to develop. In addition, they are seeking elimination of a requirement calling for a three-foot berm to be built on the property adjacent to Church Road. 

In May, the Madison County Planning & Zoning Commission voted 3-1 to recommend approval for the connector road to be built despite concerns from nearby residents over the potential for increased traffic. 

District 1 Supervisor Sheila Jones told attorneys for the developers at a county board meeting earlier this month that all they were presented was a car count as opposed to a traffic study. 

“How much traffic are you going to put on the road from your development,” she asked, saying engineers have models they can use to predict traffic coming from specific developments. 

Attorneys for the developers have argued that the reason the developers need a connector road built is because there has been a change in the character of the neighborhood and without the connector road they won’t be able to attract “higher-end” businesses. 

In 2015, when the property was rezoned to commercial, the developers agreed to a list of over 20 restrictive conditions, including the cul-de-sac road.