As interest grows in the idea of Ballantyne breaking away from Charlotte and forming its own city, dozens of Ballantyne residents and town leaders decided to meet Saturday to discuss the idea.
Some residents who attended the meeting were only there to gather information, not to provide an input.
Other residents did mention that they feel Ballantyne has been neglected by the city of Charlotte, and that they are hoping Ballantyne will break away and stand alone.
Many at the meeting simply wanted their questions answered, so the Ballantyne Breakfast Club brought in speakers who had more information on the potential split, including from Oliver Porter, the man who helped create the city of Sandy Springs, Ga., which is similar in population size to the Ballantyne area.
After waiting decades for legislative approval, Porter said he and volunteers took on the mammoth effort of getting the city of Sandy Springs up and running from scratch in a matter of months.
"We're talking about the full array of city services: fire, police, administration, human resources, information technology, roads, waste management, (and) 911 services," Porter said.
It was a task, Porter said, had a host of challenges as well as benefits.
"We started cities without increasing anyone's taxes, but increased and improved services," Porter added.
Local and state leaders said it's important for residents to understand the tedious process and logistics that would have to be in place in order for Ballantyne to branch off.
Councilman Warren Cooksey was also at the meeting.
"It's just a case of how large the interest is, and whether the interest is there to go through all petition drives and charter writing and all of the things that have to be done," Cooksey said.
Cooksey said if a new city was formed, it would likely extend south of I-485, south of Highway 51 and south of McAlpine Creek, making up about 100,000 residents.