Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: February 12, 2019

All supporting documents for the February 12, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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Citizen Survey

If you were one of the 1,600 randomly selected, geographically diverse Davidson residents who received the Citizen Survey during the week of January 14, we encourage you to complete it by February 25.
Park at Beaty Street
The Town of Davidson’s Park at Beaty Street Conceptual Plan Task Force invites all members of the community to its final public forum on February 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall. The format for the evening will be a presentation along with a question and answer period.
251 South Street
The South Street Steering Committee invites you to take their online survey on our Open Town Hall portal on our website. They also invite you to a public input session on Wednesday, February 27 -- from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. the public will be able to walk through the Davidson School, and then at 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room, there will be a presentation and Q&A session. We encourage you to attend.
Sundaes on Sunday
The Davidson Public Art Commission (DPAC) invites members of the community to a public input session entitled “Sundaes on Sunday” on Sunday, February 24 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall to learn about the next public art piece, a sensory sculpture garden, going in at Roosevelt Wilson Park. You’ll get to meet the artists and enjoy a sundae thanks to Ben & Jerry’s.

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What’s Next Davidson comprehensive plan update
We had a total of 649 responses to our most recent survey, including those who attended the workshop on January 17 and online responders. Please mark your calendar for April 1-3 for our multi-day plan creation workshop. Details will follow as we get closer to the dates. For more information on our comprehensive plan process, please visit www.whatsnextdavidson.com.
Property Revaluation

Revaluation notices were mailed to nearly 400,000 Mecklenburg County property owners in January. All property owners are urged to visit MeckReval.com, and ensure their property information is correct and to initiate a review of their property if they feel this information is incorrect or they disagree with their valuation.
We have invited Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner to attend the March 12 board of commissioners meeting to provide a summary of the results of the revaluation with a focus on Davidson. Information regarding the Iredell County revaluation will also be presented at that meeting. 
Please remember: Your property valuation does not determine how much you will pay in taxes. The county and town will set the tax rate during the FY 2020 budget process. The town is required by state statute to produce a revenue neutral tax rate that will be presented during the budget process.
We’re Hiring a Communications Director

Cristina Shaul is leaving the Town of Davidson on Friday, February 15 to make a lifestyle change. If you know of anyone who would be interested in being our next Communications Director, the application process is underway.

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Davidson Mobility Plan
Members of the community are invited to read the draft Davidson Mobility Plan and comment by March 15 in the following ways:

  • Visit Town Hall to review a draft in person. Comment sheets are available by request. 
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DISCUSSION  (Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.)

Potts/Sloan/Beaty Corridor and & Hwy 115/Davidson St./Potts St. Projects
NCDOT & project engineer Ben Taylor of Kimley-Horn provided project reviews on the Potts/Sloan/Beaty corridor project (U-5907) and Cornelius’s intersection improvements at Hwy 115/Davidson St./Potts St. (U-5873). Project U-5907 proposes to extend Potts Street to Sloan Street, including adding a multi-use path/sidewalk on Potts Street from N.C. 115 to Griffith Street, and adding a roundabout at the Sloan Street/Griffith Street/Beaty Street intersection. Project U-5873 proposes to improve the N.C. 115 (Main Street)/Potts Street intersection, potentially including a roundabout at Davidson Street and Potts Street. Feedback from attendees at the February 12 project review session and the Davidson Board of Commissioners will be reviewed and considered for incorporation into the plans. The final plan will be presented to the board of commissioners at a future meeting. This project is being funded by I-77 Managed Lanes bonus allocation funds and other potential funding. The final cost projection will be presented at a future meeting.

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North Corridor Transit Study Results, Jason Lawrence, Senior Transportation Planner for CATS (Charlotte Area Transit System)
Senior Transportation Planner for the Charlotte Area Transit System provided an update on the regional study in the north corridor to reevaluate transit options in the region and update the system-wide plan with actionable projects. In the north corridor, the study looked at four alternatives: 1) Red Line Commuter Rail; 2) I-77 BRT (Bus Rapid Transit); 3) US 21 Light Rail; and 4) US 21 BRT. The study recommends increased express bus service, while still striving for rail line service along the north corridor.

Davidson Commons East 4D Pre-Development Consultation Master Plan Amendment, Senior Planner Trey Akers
The applicant proposes to re-designate approximately 3.14 acres located on Davidson Gateway Dr. from Conditional Planning Area to Lakeshore Planning Area. The applicant envisions a development of approximately 38 single-family homes, including homes constructed on-site to meet the Davidson Planning Ordinance requirements for Section 5 Affordable Housing. The applicant met with the board of commissioners to understand the viability of the Map Amendment (i.e. rezoning) request prior to initiating the official Map Amendment process. The applicant does not anticipate asking for any exceptions to the Davidson Planning Ordinance as part of the Map Amendment process.

River Run Phase VI Pre-Development Consultation Conditional, Planning Director Jason Burdette
The applicant proposes to re-designate approximately 74.8 acres located east of Shearer Rd and south of E. Rocky River Rd. from a combination of Neighborhood Edge/Conditional Planning Areas to entirely Conditional Planning Area. The applicant is working with Epcon Communities to develop a 130-unit active adult (age-targeted) community. As part of the conditional request, the applicant is asking for a number of exceptions to the Davidson Planning Ordinance.

Villages at South Main Pre-Development Consultation Master Plan Amendment, Planning Director Jason Burdette
Davidson Village Investments, LLC requests to reduce the proposed unit count in block 1 by an additional two units, resulting in 29 total residential units. The proposed reduction of residential units falls outside the administrative approval thresholds based upon original approval numbers: 39 residential units. If approved, total unit count for Villages of South Main would be reduced from 31 proposed units (2012 amendment) to 29 units. 


Downtown Community Gathering Space Update, Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming
Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming presented a revised plan for the downtown space (designed by consultant Stantec) based on feedback from the board of commissioners and downtown stakeholders (Davidson Farmers Market & downtown businesses). The next steps are to meet with the downtown stakeholders and Davidson Farmers Market board members and finalize the plan, budget estimate, and construction schedule.
 Board of Commissioners Quarterly Meeting Concept, Town Manager Jamie Justice
The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to host a “Quarterly Q&A” meeting at Davidson Town Hall in April (date TBD). This “no agenda” meeting will enable members of the community to ask questions of the Davidson Board of Commissioners in an informal setting. 

Purchase of Mock Road home for Affordable Housing
The mayor and commissioners have been discussing the preservation of affordable housing in Davidson through the use of the payment in lieu funds collected the town. A house located on two lots at 153/155 Mock Road, has recently become available. The purchase of this home preserves and maintains it as an affordable housing unit in town. The town and Davidson Housing Coalition have a history of partnering together on affordable housing units for the Davidson Housing Coalition to maintain and manage as an extension of the town’s affordable housing program.  Acquiring this property ensures that the home can remain affordable. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to allocate $185,000 in payment in lieu funds for the acquisition of these properties and related costs. The Davidson Board of Commissioners and Town Attorney will work on an agreement between the town and Davidson Housing Coalition for use of this home.

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