Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: January 23, 2018

All supporting documents for the January 23, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=698&MinutesMeetingID=353&doctype=Agenda

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work session

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

  • In order to provide an orientation to the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners, each department head presented an overview of his/her department in the form of an executive summary. During this meeting, Police Chief Penny Dunn, Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald, Affordable Housing Manager and Town Attorney Cindy Reid, and Finance Director Piet Swart gave presentations.

  • The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners entered into a closed session to consult with the town’s attorney on a lawsuit that was filed last week entitled: Luke M. Charde, et al. v. The Town of Davidson, Davidson East Condominium Associates, Inc., Beacon IMG, Inc., and Nishith G. Patel. This lawsuit is related to the Hyatt Place hotel approved by the Davidson Board of Commissioners in November. We will let the legal process play out. 

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

Commissioner Reports:

  • Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael, representing Davidson at the Centralina Council of Governments, gave this update: They will meet next month and she will provide an update at a future meeting.

  • Commissioner Matthew Fort, representing Davidson at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, gave this update: Small Business Week is coming up, and the Chamber seeks nominations of successful small businesses in our area.

  • Commissioner Jim Fuller, representing Davidson at Visit Lake Norman, gave this update: There is a big focus on our area as a destination for weddings.

  • Commissioner David Sitton, representing Davidson at the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Organization (LNEDC) & North Mecklenburg Alliance (NMA), gave this update: The LNEDC provided a year-end report at their December meeting that provided commercial development projects in the region, mostly Class A industrial parks in Huntersville and Cornelius. NMA: This is a regional group in which representatives from Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville participate. They discussed the “Pennies for Progress” concept.

  • Commissioner Jane Campbell, representing Davidson at the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) & Lake Norman Transportation Commission, gave this update: The CRTPO will vote on funding allocations at their upcoming meeting and Davidson’s focus is on the $1.7 million slated to be awarded to the Town of Davidson for the Potts/Sloan/Beaty connector project.

  • Mayor Rusty Knox, representing the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, gave this update: The MTC has not met yet; he’ll provide an update at a future meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners entered into a closed session to continue consulting with the town’s attorney on the lawsuit.
Parks & Rec office


We are looking for a Recreation Program Manager for our parks and recreation department. Please visit www.townofdavidson.org/jobs for information and to apply.

Davidson Connections
  • Please join us for Davidson Connections on Thursday, February 1 at 9:00 a.m. at Davidson Town Hall.

Mobility Plan logo
  • Please participate in the Davidson Mobility Plan. Key dates for community involvement are the Community Conversation on Thursday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at DUMC’s Fellowship Hall and a four-day charrette scheduled from March 5-8 in a variety of locations and times. More details to come. We want to hear from you regarding transportation in town via foot, bicycle, car, and transit.


  • Planning Director Jason Burdette led a pre-development discussion on the potential for a conditional planning amendment for the North Harbor Club.  The owners of North Harbor Club would like to expand their kitchen and convert the second story into a banquet space. The restaurant is located in a special use permit district (SUP) circa 1983. Any changes to the SUP require a rezoning. Staff offers a pre-development consultation with the Davidson Board of Commissioners for potential conditional rezonings and plan amendments. If the North Harbor Club chooses to submit an application and pursue a conditional planning amendment, the town would issue public notification, the request would go before the Planning Board for review, we would host a public hearing, and then the request would appear before the Davidson Board of Commissioners for discussion and to consider a vote. The Davidson Board of Commissioners appreciated the concept of a “pre-development discussion” and encouraged our planning staff to recommend it to other developers.

  • Finance Director Piet Swart reviewed the town’s finance policy, North Carolina General Statute Section 159, the FY 2019 budget development and approval process, and the monthly financial dashboard.

Department Executive Summaries
We continued providing department overviews from the following people: Planning Director Jason Burdette, Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming, Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul, Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright, Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz, Human Resources Manager Heather James, and Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum.
Old Business:
In order to increase the efficiency of operation of the Davidson Board of Commissioners, and to guarantee full and fair discussion, we discussed the rules of procedure based upon “Suggested Rules of Procedures for a City Council” 4th edition, 2017, Trey Allen, UNC School of Government. These rules of procedure have been modified to reflect the practices specific to the Town of Davidson. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved these rules of procedure.


A summary of the January 25-26 Board/Staff Retreat:

The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners and town department heads had a very productive visioning and strategic planning retreat on Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26 at the River Run Golf and Country Club. The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners shared their vision, and we created a list of priorities for a two-year work plan that will be finalized in the coming months.

Mayor Knox and Commissioner Campbell discussing Public Works
Commissioners Michael and Fuller discuss public safety
Commissioners Fort and Sitton discuss affordable housing
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