Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: August 22, 2017

All supporting documents for the August 22 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=585&MinutesMeetingID=269&doctype=AgendaIf you are interested in watching a
Note: We live streamed the meetings yesterday, but unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties and the videos did not save. We apologize for the inconvenience. The summaries are below.

A summary of the 4:00 p.m. work session:    

Senior Planner Chad Hall led a discussion of the process required to expand the Local Historic District. Planning staff will coordinate with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to develop next steps and will engage neighborhoods to gather feedback.
Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright provided an update on sidewalk construction priorities for this fall/winter. Projects will include sidewalk on Watson Street, Delburg Street, Catawba Avenue, and Mock Road and Circle. We are also working on plans for sidewalk on Grey Road, North Main Street, and Spring Street to be built in the future.
Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz showed a map of town-owned and
-maintained parks. We will now create map overlays to show all properties in town available as parks (town-owned and non-town-owned).
Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright and I discussed the solid waste fee and tax exemptions. Davidson residents in single-family homes pay an annual solid waste fee of $201; those in multi-family homes pay $60 annually. Homes in our affordable housing program and those who have applied for exemptions through the Homestead Exclusion are exempt from paying the solid waste fee. State law offers three types of exemptions, and all submittals are made through Mecklenburg or Iredell County.

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

The commissioners gave reports on the boards/commissions on which they serve.
Commissioner Beth Cashion shared that Visit Lake Norman (VLN) brings visitors to our region who, in turn, spend money in the area and our town. Please visit their website to learn more about their upcoming events: www.visitlakenorman.org. CRTPO (Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization): Davidson has done a great job of leveraging our relationship with this organization to secure funding for the Kincaid Trail extension, the roundabout at the intersection of Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive, the Potts/Sloan/Beaty connection project, and the Davidson Mobility Plan.
Commissioner Stacey Anderson:  Arts and Science Council (ASC):  The Culture Feast is September 8 in Cornelius.    
Commissioner Jim Fuller: Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Support this great organization. Please visit their website at https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/
He also thanked everyone involved in the very successful Gospel Sing held
on Sunday, August 20 on the green.
Commissioner Rodney Graham: The Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation is working with 21 companies interested in moving to or expanding in the Lake Norman region.
Mayor John Woods: Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC):  They are in the process of conducting three corridor studies in the region, one of which will focus on transit in the north.

Chad Hall
Chad Hall

Planning Director Jason Burdette recognized Senior Planner Chad Hall for his recent AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification.  We’re really pleased to announce this great accomplishment and are lucky to have Chad on staff.

Design Review Board Chairman Bob Lauer provided an update on the board’s activity. The Design Review Board (DRB) interprets and enforces the design regulations contained in the Davidson Planning Ordinance. The board reviews the design of all new commercial, civic/institutional, and multifamily construction as well as additional structures as required by the Davidson Planning Ordinance. Examples of designs they have recently reviewed are: Davidson United Methodist Church, Fire Station #2, The Hub on Delburg Street, Sadler Square, and Mandolino’s (going into the former location of Millstone Bake House & Provisions).
New Business:
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a resolution inviting North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Trogdon to provide an update on our concerns regarding the I-77 Managed Lanes project and contract.

1.Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planner Trey Akers provided feedback from citizens to the board of commissioners on the proposed Hyatt Place hotel on Davidson Commons East Lots 4A&B at 131 Davidson Gateway Drive. Since this plan has evolved since the last time it was presented (October 2016), town staff wanted to ensure that citizens and stakeholders groups had a chance to learn about the updates and provide feedback to the board of commissioners. The developer is asking to amend the Davidson Commons East conditional master plan. As a result of this meeting, town staff will present all of the feedback listed on pages 5 and 6 of the presentation, including tree buffer enhancements to the developer and ask them to respond. The next steps would be to host a public hearing at an upcoming meeting. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will need to vote on the conditional rezoning at a future meeting.

2. Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented a synopsis of the affordable housing program strategy report and discussed potential steps for moving forward. The Davidson Board of Commissioners would like to:
  • create a separate position for someone to manage the affordable housing program, (other than Cindy Reid, who also serves as our town attorney), because the hours required will significantly increase as we grow this program,
  • create a permanent affordable housing advisory board,
  • request that staff create an action plan (including financial requests), and
  • request that staff educate citizens about the affordable housing program.

3. Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planner Chad Hall gave an update on the WestBranch development going in along Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive. The developer will build a total 306 homes (199 single-family homes and 107 townhouses). They shared the history of the zoning for that site and the environmental inventory which includes buffers, easements, existing infrastructure, and tree canopy. Staff and elected officials recognize that it was shocking to see so many trees removed along the greenway, however based on county inspections, the removal was in compliance with regulations. The developer will install an enhanced vegetation buffer along the greenway. Going forward, the county and town staff will monitor work regularly to ensure compliance. Once this neighborhood is complete, we’ll have a multi-use path, a greenway connection to Cornelius, a donation of approx. 19 acres of land for a park, money toward a roundabout at the intersection of Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive, and approx. $1 million toward affordable housing.


Novus Agenda: as a reminder, all meeting agendas are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/
Agendas for our Tuesday meetings are posted on the Friday before the meeting.
Exit 30 Congestion
We recognize that there is a lot of traffic congestion at Exit 30 and we want to make sure our motorists are safe. The Town of Davidson is working with NCDOT -- they have agreed to make changes to the exit 30 south bound and north bound exit ramp intersections with Griffith Street. Please pay attention to the signage on the ramps – NCDOT says changes will be in place on Thursday, August 24. View their press release here.


Leaders from places of worship in Davidson and Cornelius are hosting a candlelight vigil on the town green on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30 to come together as a community.
The next Concert on the Green is Sunday, August 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and features Kids in America, an 80s band. It’s a make-up from when the concert was rained out earlier in the summer.
After that, there’s a Concert on the Green on Sunday, September 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and features “Chicago Rewired,” a Chicago tribute band.

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