Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: October 8, 2019

All supporting documents for the October 08, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here under Available Archives:

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What's Next? Davidson

What’s Next Comp Plan Update  
After hard work by the Plan Advisory Group this summer to produce a draft plan, What's Next Davidson? is back in full swing with the draft plan getting ready for its public launch later this month. Earlier this week, the town's advisory boards met to provide feedback on the plan. The board of commissioners will also review the draft plan at the October 22 meeting, and we're targeting the end of October for the draft plan's release to the public. To follow along, please visit the What's Next Davidson? website at www.whatsnextdavidson.com or check the town's social media accounts.

Public Facilities Project/Continuum Sale Information Table at the Farmers Market 
Saturday, October 19 the Town of Davidson will have a table at the Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. with informational materials to share about the public facilities project the sale of Continuum. Town staff and elected officials will be available to answer any questions. We want to make sure everyone has what they need to make an informed decision when they cast their ballot this fall

Taste of Davidson 

Join us for the inaugural “Taste of Davidson” event from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 on Jetton Street between Clean Juice and Mine by Sandy. 
The road will be closed to accommodate the event which will include food and beverages from our great restaurants and live music. 

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking available at the Circles @ 30.  Click here for more information.

Taste of Davidson

QUARTERLY COMMISSIONER REPORTS Each board member provided an update on the outside board to which they have been appointed:

Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael gave an update on the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG): Three upcoming events including the 2019 Centralina Aging Conference on November 1, the 2019 Planning for Healthy Communities Conference on November 5, and a Grant Writing Workshop on November 12.  For more information on these and other events, please visit: http://www.centralina.org.

Commissioner Matthew Fort gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: The Annual Public Safety Luncheon will take place on October 17 and the Focus Friday on October 18 at 8:00 a.m. will discuss transportation and eminent domain process for North Mecklenburg road construction.  For a listing of all upcoming events, please visit: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/

Commissioner Jim Fuller gave an update on Visit Lake Norman: Visit Lake Norman (VLN) was recently awarded their bid to host an FLW Costa Series bass fishing tournament April 30 – May 2, 2020.  In partnership with the Lake Norman Tennis Association (LNTA), VLN recently submitted a bid to host the USTA Southern 40 & Over Tennis Championships in 2020 and 2021. The event would bring in 500 tennis players from the 9 states that comprise the USTA Southern region. Lake Norman has never hosted a USTA Southern event.  For more information visit: https://www.visitlakenorman.org/

Commissioner Sitton gave an update on the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC): The Lake Norman EDC is continuing to discuss potential projects for the area.  For more information, visit https://www.lnedc.com/
Commissioner Sitton shared the North Meck Alliance will meet on November 14, after the election. 

Commissioner Jane Campbell gave an update on the Lake Norman Transportation Commission:  At the August 14 meeting, NCDOT gave a presentation on Freight Mobility.  At the September 11 meeting, CRTPO provided a presentation on the STIP delays (State Transportation Improvement Program) and the group reviewed MTP (Metropolitan Transportation Plan) Amendments, and P6.0, the next round of prioritization.    

She also gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization: The group held a board retreat in May at the Charlotte-Douglas Airport Administrative Offices.  During the June meeting, the group discussed various regional topics and held an information session on the I-77 Peak Shoulder Lanes. 

Commissioner Campbell is also representing Davidson for Meck Counts 2020 Census: The upcoming schedule includes workshops on October 15, 24, and 30.  To learn more, visit: https://meckcounts2020.com/

Mayor Rusty Knox gave an update on the Metropolitan Transit Commission: Recent action items include a property acquisition near the future transit center in Charlotte, a study for implementing rapid transit in the region, and the North Corridor Express Bus Service.  The next meeting will be held on October 23.  For more information, visit: https://charlottenc.gov/cats/about/boards/Pages/mtc.aspx

DISCUSSION (Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.)

Release of Restrictions on a Summers Walk Affordable Home
The board of commissioners voted to approve the release of Affordable Housing Deed Restrictions on a Summers Walk Affordable Home to allow substitution of those proposed by Ada Jenkins Center and Habitat for the Hope to Home Program and authorize the Town Manager to sign any documents related to this request such as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the joint agency.

Certified Local Government (CLG) Historic Preservation Model Ordinance
Planner Lindsay Laird presented an overview of the draft Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Town of Davidson was recently designated as a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). In North Carolina, governments which qualify for certification must have an active and legally adequate historic preservation commission, and must meet the federal requirements for certification. The Historic Preservation Ordinance was drafted using the state model ordinance language with Davidson-specific references.

The purpose of working to adopt a version of the Historic Preservation Ordinance is to ensure that the town enforces appropriate state and federal legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties. The draft ordinance clearly outlines procedures for designating Historic Landmarks and Local Historic Districts, clarifies the process for Certificates of Appropriateness, and expands the powers and duties of the Historic Preservation Commission in accordance with state statute.

This is a part of the board of commissioners’ strategic plan as it relates to historic preservation. Next steps include a recommendation from the Planning Board, a public hearing at a future board meeting, and consideration of approval by the board of commissioners. 

Stub Road and Greenway Agreement for River Run Phase V
Town Attorney Cindy Reid discussed with the board an agreement between the Town of Davidson and River Run regarding a stub road and greenway extension.  The Master Plan for River Run Phase V showed a right of way (stub road) that was to be the future connection through to the Alan White property to Davidson East should it ever develop. Subsequent to master plan approval, the White property was placed in a permanent conservation easement. Because the White property is highly unlikely to be developed, there is no significant public benefit at this time which would result from construction of the stub road to the White property line.

In the proposed agreement, the town releases River Run from its obligation to construct the remainder of the stub road and River Run agrees, instead, to construct an extension of the greenway trail to connect to Davidson East. The town is not abandoning the right of way; it is only releasing River Run from its obligation to construct a portion of the stub road.

The board voted to approve the stub road and greenway agreement with River Run. 

Beaty Park Phase 1 Design Funding
In March of 2019, Resolution 2019-14 was approved by the town board adopting the recommendations from the Park at Beaty task force and directing staff to proceed on next steps regarding Beaty Park. In particular, staff was directed to begin evaluating dam options, draft a conservation easement for the park land, request design funding from Mecklenburg County, and develop implementation strategies for the recommendations.

The board approved authorizing staff to proceed with the design phase for phase 1 of the park concept plan and allocate $150,000 from unassigned fund balance.  Beaty Park was ranked by the town board as one of the priority projects for potential 2017 general obligation bond funding.

Davidson-Concord Road Turn Lane Extension Project
I provided a brief update on the request to NCDOT to extend the right-hand southbound turn lane on Davidson-Concord Road at the highway 73 intersection. The highway 73 widening project includes improvements to this intersection. However, that project is not slated to start until 2023 or 2024 and will take three years to complete.

In this interim period, NCDOT advised that the town could improve this intersection at the town's expense. The board approved authorizing staff to proceed with the project, secure NCDOT approval, and appropriate $125,000 from unassigned fund balance for the project. Funding for this project could be eligible for reimbursement from the 2017 general obligation bonds. Our goal is to construct the project during this paving season within this calendar year. However, the more likely outcome is that the construction would not occur until spring of 2020.

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