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).
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.