August 25, 2015 Manager’s Report
A summary of the August 25 pre-meeting:
All supporting documents for the August 25 meetings are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/
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Town attorney Rick Kline discussed moratorium options for our rural planning area with the mayor and board of commissioners. We will not impose a moratorium on development in the rural planning area, but are working on the creation of a rural area plan to help preserve open space and guide potential development in that area. In the meantime, the board stated that they will not vote on any conditional re-zonings in that area.
Planning Director Jason Burdette provided the mayor and board of commissioners with a list of priorities for the planning department including the creation of a rural area plan, updates to the planning ordinance, performance metrics, and geospatial information needs. The mayor and board of commissioners discussed holding a joint work session with the planning board in the near future.
The mayor and board of commissioners discussed the advisory board appointment process. We have the following advisory boards: planning, design review, livability, public art commission and their terms are three years. The commissioners decided to institute term limits on several boards. We encourage citizens to learn more about our advisory boards at www.townofdavidson.org/advisoryboards. We will seek applicants for board vacancies in September; look out for an eCrier with details soon. The nominating committee will meet in late fall, and new terms begin in January.
A summary of the August 25 work session:
Commissioner Anderson: Arts and Science Council is changing the make-up of their board and instead of having an elected official from Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, they will have one elected official to represent all three towns. They also plan to start a northwest advisory group where two people (not elected officials) from each town would serve.
Commissioner Graham gave an update on Visit Lake Norman and shared that they’ve hosted some events in Davidson and the area that have brought people to the region.
Commissioner Cashion gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Rhonda Lennon will be at their Focus Friday event discussing school issues. They are now accepting applications for their leadership program.
Commissioner Jenest: Lake Norman Transportation Commission: They are monitoring projects in our region to be put on the next Lake Norman transportation plan. In 2025, NCDOT will widen Hwy. 73 to the county line. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization had a very spirited meeting on August 18 regarding the State Transportation Improvement Plan.
Commissioner Fuller gave an update on the Ada Jenkins Center and their capital campaign. He also encouraged citizens to contribute to the Citizens Police Officer Relief Fund.
Mayor John Woods gave an update on the Metropolitan Transit Commission and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Blue Line is in its final phase of construction from Charlotte to UNC and is the last federally funded project in our area. They are working with NCDOT and the federal government to create the gateway transportation center from which all modes of transportation would emanate in the center of Charlotte. They continue to pursue the creation of the Red Line.