Davidson Public Art Commission Launches Banner Project: Area artists invited to submit designs
Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming shared information about the Davidson Public Art Commission launch of a new banner project. In solidarity with recent national and local events- both tragic and inspiring- the project will line the main corridor to and through town with a variety of banners illustrating key ingredients of strong communities and our best selves: Respect, empathy, justice, equality, equity, love, belonging, inclusion, unity, peace, and understanding. Artists of all ages who are North Carolina residents with an affiliation with either the town or Davidson College (past or present) are invited to make the aforementioned theme come alive through the creation of beautiful images that can ultimately be printed on 20” x 45.5” banners for public insight and enjoyment. Artist submission requirements and further details about the project may be viewed on the project webpage here.
The deadline for artwork submission is December 1, 2020 at which time the Davidson Public Art Commission, as well as outside jurors, will review the applications. Artists who are selected will be notified by December 18, 2020. Banners will be displayed on light poles along Griffith and Main Streets in Davidson beginning in early 2021 and remaining on view for up to one year.To submit an application, please see: www.townofdavidson.org/publicartbanners.
Grey Road Sidewalk
The Grey Rd sidewalk project design was started in late 2017. The proposed project includes installation of a sidewalk on the east side of Grey Road between Concord Road and Wolfe Street. Design was completed and property required for the project was acquired, however, bids for the project came in above the $500,000 budget. The project has been re-designed to reduce costs, but the town has not been able to acquire property required for the re-design. The town has done a re-design #2, with an estimate of $516,000 to construct this sidewalk section. The board of commissioners approved the proposed re-design #2 and directed staff to proceed with the project. Click here to view the presentation.
Changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance (Section 14.18, “Appeals and Variances”)
In 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a complete reorganization of the state’s planning and development regulations, creating a new statute chapter “160D.” All towns in the state have until July 1, 2021 to make the necessary changes to their planning ordinances
Planning Technician David Cole presented an overview of the proposed text amendments for Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) regarding “Appeals and Variances”. These changes primarily consist of replacing references to the old legislation with references to the new legislation, and removing all language that is in conflict with state statute. Click here to view the presentation.
This is the first of several rounds of changes to the DPO designed to bring it into alignment with General Statute 160D. These initial changes are proposed first to ensure that appeal and variance applications can be reviewed under valid state statute. For Davidson, this means any resident seeking an appeal/variance to the planning ordinance based on a personal need related to a disability would now be able to do so. Previously, personal circumstances including disabilities were not considered hardships eligible for variances under the old state statute. Click here and select the “Text Amendments” tab to learn more about the proposed changes to the DPO.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners will hold a virtual public hearing to discuss this proposed change on October 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.. To register for the public hearing and receive a link to join the meeting, visit https://tinyurl.com/DavidsonBoard10272020. In order to ensure public participation, the following options prior to the meeting will be available for public comment:
Email: The public will be allowed to comment by sending written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org of no more than 400 words via email that will then be read aloud at the meeting if the email is submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Per NCGS 166A-19.24, the deadline to submit by email is 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
Phone: The public will be allowed to participate in the public hearing by verbal comment by calling 704-940-9614 and leaving a voicemail message. These messages will be played during the public hearing period but will be limited to three minutes. The deadline to submit by phone is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.