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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: January 9, 2018


All supporting documents for the January 9, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=639&MinutesMeetingID=343&doctype=Agenda

If you are interested in watching the video of the meetings it is available here:
https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=578&MinutesMeetingID=286&doctype=Agenda

After each meeting (typically by the close of business on Wednesday), the video is saved to the Novus Agenda meeting link so you can watch when convenient to keep abreast of projects and issues. Click the icon in the “Online Agenda” column with the red video arrow to open up the agenda. To watch the entire meeting, click the top “VIDEO” link on the left. To watch a video of a particular agenda item, please click the “VIDEO” link to the left of that item. 

To watch from a mobile phone, please use this link: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/meetingsresponsive.aspx

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A summary of the 4:00 p.m. meeting:
   

  • Planning Director Jason Burdette led a discussion of the changes proposed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services to clarify standards, address inconsistencies, and remove inapplicable sections in the Davidson Watershed Ordinance (Section 17). A draft of Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 17 with proposed changes has been approved by both Mecklenburg County and the NC State Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). Next steps will be for the Planning Board to review the draft text language as an “FYI,” and a public hearing will be scheduled for February 13. The Planning Board will make a formal review and comment in late February and then the Davidson Board of Commissioners could consider a vote in March.
     
    Planning Director Jason Burdette led a discussion on the potential changes to permitted building types in the Village Infill Planning Area (VIPA). The prior board of commissioners directed town staff to review multi-family building types in the VIPA with the goal of finding middle ground between compatibility and offering housing choices. The options presented were to gather more public input on this “missing middle” topic, put a hold on making any changes and discuss at a later date, or discard the potential changes altogether. The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to postpone research into these proposed changes and discuss them during the Comprehensive Plan process (timeline to be determined), while we are creating the new vision for the town. 

A summary of the 6:00 p.m. meeting:

Announcements:

  • Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation citing January 15 as Martin Luther King, Jr, Day in Davidson and encouraged all citizens to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King.
  • Town offices will close on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners will host a Davidson Coffee Chat on January 22 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg at 231 Griffith Street in Sadler’s Square. Please join us.
  • Applications for April is for Arts are now available. Forms for the Gallery Crawl, scheduled for April 20, and for the Art on the Green festival, scheduled for April 21-22, are all available at town hall or online at: www.townofdavidson.org/April.  
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Public Comments:

Several citizens spoke during the public comments period.


Presentations:

Mobile App
Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul announced that the town has launched a mobile app. The app has 17 ways in which citizens can engage with the town including links to:
  • our agendas, 
  • watching meetings live, 
  • our events calendar, 
  • staff directory, 
  • information on dining, shopping, and lodging, 
  • parks and trails information
  • parking and greenway maps, and 
  • SeeClickFix, a module that enables citizens to report an issue related to public services such as a pothole, uneven sidewalk, overgrown weeds, etc.

Please visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org/MobileApp to learn how to download this great tool.

Davidson Mobility Plan
Planning Director Jason Burdette introduced Transportation Planner Travis Johnson who discussed the Davidson Mobility Plan. The creation of this plan will involve citizen engagement in order to develop a plan to move people around and through our town in a multi-modal fashion (cars, bicycles, and pedestrians). Once finalized, it will double as a Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which is what outside agencies require if we’re to pursue additional funding opportunities to make improvements in town. Wade Walker of Alta Planning, the consultant we hired to help us with this project explained the process, timeline, and many ways we’ll seek citizen input. Please stay tuned for details.

All the items on the consent agenda were approved, including:
• December 12, 2017 meeting minutes
• Revised Regular Meeting Schedule

New Business: 

The Davidson Board of Commissioners discussed the rules of procedure and decided to defer a decision on adoption to the January 23 meeting to allow time for review. The purpose of these rules is to increase the efficiency of operation of the board of commissioners, and to guarantee full and fair discussion.  

The Davidson Board of Commissioners directed staff to research changes to the planning process. They will discuss the planning process as part of their larger visioning exercises at the retreat. Staff will do some initial research, including new ideas and the pros and cons of each option.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners directed staff to create a community dinners program. Staff will put together a recommendation and implement community dinners to bring our citizens together in fellowship.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners recommended that staff put together a committee to create a program in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019. Staff will make a recommendation and implement.
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