July 2015 Manager’s Report

All details and documents can be found on Novus Agenda:


A summary of the July 14 regular board meeting:
Mayor John Woods and Former Commissioner Margo Williams recognized Eddie Muller for his service as CEO of The Pines at Davidson. He retired on July 18.

Public Hearings:

Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented a change to Section 5 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance. This change is to the affordable housing program to allow developers to make a payment in lieu for each required affordable housing unit. This would be consistent with the comprehensive plan.  About five citizens commented on the change.

Planning Director Jason Burdette presented changes to Section 18 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance regarding the floodplain overlay district to update and correct certain dates according to FEMA and Mecklenburg County regulations. Dates and map panels are changing, but the actual floodplain within the town is not changing. There were no public comments on the changes.

Planning Director Jason Burdette presented the conditional rezoning proposal to allow the Narrow Passage project to be constructed as a rural residential development. Susan Irvin, representative of the applicant, also made a presentation. Over 25 people spoke during the public hearing.

The board of commissioners approved the consent agenda including:
•    minutes for meetings on June 9, 30, July 7 and 9,
•    designating the town manager as the authority to award contracts or re-advertise to receive bids on behalf of the town,
•    acceptance of street maintenance for Silent Falls Drive, Old Arbor Court, Brook Street, Green Knoll Trace, Golden Meadow Court, and Dembridge Drive,
•    the Inter-Local Agreement for Fire Protection in the unincorporated portion of the fire district,
•    budget amendments to use appropriate insurance proceeds to replace a police car, recognize revenue and expenditures from a Governor’s Highway Safety Grant used to purchase police equipment, appropriate funds from the Affordable Housing Fund to the Davidson Housing Coalition, and appropriate funds for the Concord Road Sidewalk Project, the West Roundabout Project, and the Jackson Street Sidewalk Project,
•    the appointment of Davidson College student Neesha Baynyat to the Livability Board.

?New Business:

The board of commissioners decided to discuss and potentially vote on the change to Section 5 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance and the proposed Narrow Passage development at the August 11 meeting. The board of commissioners voted to approve the resolution to modify the floodplain ordinance to keep us in compliance with FEMA and Mecklenburg County and also approved the consistency statement related to the floodplain ordinance.

Old Business:

Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented the plan for affordable housing in the Bradford neighborhood and the board approved the plan.

A summary of the July 28 (4:00 p.m. only) meeting:

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Garges discussed the county’s parks and recreation master plan. There are 23,000 acres of parkland in our county, and he praised the parkland in Davidson, especially Fisher Farm Park, and the Abersham and Allison properties, as being “jewels in the crown.”

Fisher Farm

They presented their list of immediate needs for the Abersham and Allison properties and Fisher Farm Park, including the addition of a large shelter and restrooms for Abersham, a small shelter and paving the greenway at Fisher Farm, and two seven-acre fenced dog parks at Allison. These projects will go out to bid in the next few months. The Davidson Livability Board will review the plan and provide a recommendation to the mayor and board of commissioners. The board of commissioners will consider approval on August 11. The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will then need to approve the plan and the contracts.  

The mayor and commissioners spoke with Planner Craig Lewis on the creation of a rural area plan for Davidson. We will create a request for proposal and seek a consulting firm to help us create a rural area plan in the next four to six months. In the early 1990s and again in the early 2000s, we were at a crossroads in terms of development in town. We are at another crossroads. It’s a policy decision to preserve this rural area -- what strategies do we want to employ? What is the value of this area to our community? What questions do we want answered? Working with a consultant to develop a plan for the rural area will include public feedback through a design charrette process, they will analyze market conditions, and do an environmental analysis. They will ultimately produce a quality design and planning document. We need the land owners to be partners with us in this process. 

Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planners Trey Akers and Chad Hall discussed their review of the Narrow Passage development. Our planners will meet with the developer to finalize the plans before presenting them to the board of commissioners.

Fire Service

We are negotiating with Odell Fire Department to provide staffing for their Shiloh Church Road station. The joint effort will improve service to the extreme eastern areas of our fire district. 

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid is working with a stakeholders’ committee to provide suggestions to the board of commissioners for improving our affordable housing program. They met again this week and will meet with the board of commissioners at the August 25 work session.

Fall and Winter Special Meetings

The mayor and board of commissioners are beginning to schedule special meetings. They plan to discuss future board goals and the 2017-2021 capital improvement plan (CIP) in October; begin team building with the new town manager and staff in November; and discuss budget and refine vision, values and goals in January. These meetings are very important for guiding the town’s future and working together in the most effective manner possible.

Advisory Boards

The mayor and board of commissioners are also going to discuss advisory board appointment processes. Every year we have a few advisory board slots come open. Typically, we get many more applicants than there are available slots. We have added seats to the boards to a point that they become difficult to manage. The board of commissioners would like to find other ways for more citizens to be involved. 



The next Concert on the Green is Sunday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. and features old-school R&B band Image and will be followed by a movie on the green, Night at the Museum 3, which starts once dark.

Corp. Melvin Waller and Officer Drew Miles
Corporal Melvin Waller and Officer Drew Miles

National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park.  Please come out to enjoy time with the Davidson Police Department, elected officials, staff, and other local first responder agencies, including our fire department.
Davidson Connections meets on Thursday, August 6 at 9:00 a.m. at the South Main Sweet Shop.
Our next board meetings are August 11 at town hall; the pre-meeting is at 4:00 p.m. and the regular meeting is at 6:00 p.m.

The summer Town Message Newsletter is now available at http://www.townofdavidson.org/DocumentCenter/View/6546.

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