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.