Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: October 22, 2019

All supporting documents for the October 22, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here under Available Archives:

Due to audio/video issues, part of the October 22 meeting’s video is available here:

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Election Day is November 5 

The 2019 Election is coming up on Tuesday, November 5. Early voting started October 21 at Cornelius Town Hall, so it’s important all residents get up to speed on what town issues will need their input this election season.

Click here to watch a short video we put together with a brief overview of what voters can expect to see on the ballot with regards to the Town of Davidson.    

What's Next

What’s Next Comprehensive Plan 
The draft version of the comprehensive plan is set to be released for public comment on Thursday, October 31. The comment period will run for two weeks, during which time a variety of feedback opportunities will be provided for comments.

On Thursday, November 7, an open house will be held at Davidson Town Hall in the evening and will include public engagement exercises - so please mark your calendar and plan to attend the event!  For more information, visit https://whatsnextdavidson.com/

Annual Halloween March 2019
The Town of Davidson will celebrate the Halloween season on Friday, October 25 starting at 5:00 p.m. with our traditional Halloween March along Main Street and Depot Street. Families should line up at town hall to parade along main street to receive treats from merchants and organizations. Special thanks to our Davidson merchants and businesses for supporting this great event. We look forward to seeing you in costume!

Regular Halloween trick-or-treating around town will still take place on October 31.

Unity in Community: Stop the Hate Rally
The Unity in Community group will be sponsoring a “Stop the Hate” Rally on Saturday, October 26. The event will be held on the Town Green from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. This event is for everyone who rejects all forms of hate and features cultural performers and community members speaking out against hate towards people of color, Jews, Muslims, immigrants and LGBTQ, and against gun violence. 

Cookie Crawl

Annual Cookie Crawl 

On Saturday, November 2nd, participating Davidson businesses will host a “Cookie Crawl” from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 20 businesses will hand out freshly baked, pre-packaged cookies to passport holders. Tickets are $20 each and proceeds benefit the Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center.

For more information, visit http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/1082/Davidson-Cookie-Crawl

Rotary International World Polio Day
Mayor Knox and members of Rotary International

Mayor Knox proclaimed Thursday, October 24, 2019 as Rotary International World Polio Day in Davidson

Two people spoke during the public comment period.

Consent items are non-controversial and routine items. Prior to the board's adoption of the meeting agenda, the request of any member to have an item moved from the consent agenda to old business must be honored by the board. All items on the consent agenda must be voted on and adopted by a single motion. All items were approved including:  

  • Meeting Minutes from September 3 Quarterly Q&A Session, September 10 work session, and September 24 regular meeting 
  • Tax Levy Adjustment
  • Budget Amendment 2020-12 for a Houston Street sidewalk project and a construction project at Roosevelt Wilson Park, and Budget Amendment 2020-13 renovations of an Affordable Housing program house at 153 Mock Road 
  • Revised Fee Schedule 
  • Resolution 2019-42 for a GO Bond Reimbursement for expenses related to the improvement of the intersection at Davidson-Concord Road and SR73 to be reimbursed from the Mobility bond order, and Resolution 2019-43 to allow for expenses related to Beaty Park construction to be reimbursed from the Parks bond order.

Items for old business typically have been previously presented and are for discussion and possible action. 

Affordable Housing Program Update
Davidson Housing Coalition (DHC) Board Members Margo Williams and Shawn Copeland presented an overview of their program and partnership with the Town of Davidson. They described DHC’s core functions and programs which include affordable rental, affordable home purchase (through a land lease), financial literacy and homebuyer counseling, employment assistance and emergency repairs.   The presentation also included data about the number of individuals and families DHC has served, as well as the racial/ethnic composition and incomes of the households served.

The three affordable townhomes at the Villages of South Main are almost complete and will be listed on the multiple listing service very soon. These homes will be available to households earning less than 80% of the area median income.  The townhomes at Summers Walk are about eight months from completion. We already have a wait list.   

Comprehensive Plan Draft Review
Leigh Anne King and Nate Baker of Clarion Associates, the project’s lead consultant team, provided an overview presentation and facilitated a discussion with the board on the plan’s content. Clarion Associates described the extensive public engagement process that informed the plan, also explaining the plan’s linkages to the topics discussed by the board of commissioners at their recent mini-retreat.

Davidson Bay Phase II Master Plan Amendment
The board approved a master plan amendment for Davidson Bay Phase II including a reduction of the proposed unit count in Building Envelopes B and C, and commercial density in Building Envelope A. The developer, Hopper Communities’, proposal includes 56 townhomes, two quadplex buildings and +/-20,000 sf of commercial space. The total unit count for Davidson Bay Phases I and II will be reduced from 280 proposed units to 245 units. Envelope A, B, and C’s unit count will be reduced from 78-108 units, to 64. Commercial square footage in Envelope A will be reduced from the originally approved +/-51,200 sf (and amended in 2010 to +/-38,000 sf) to +/-20,000 sf.   

For more information on the project, visit http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/550/Davidson-Bay-Phase-II


Livability Board 2019-2020 Non-Profit Grant Application Review and Recommendations
Livability Board Chair Steedman Lyles presented the advisory board’s recommendations for the FY2019-2020 non-profit grants.  The board of commissioners has historically appropriated $50,000 to be distributed among qualified, registered, town-based non-profits that apply for funding for activities the town does not provide and that serve town residents. The board will consider approval of funding for non-profits grants on November 12.

Local Housing Preference Policy 
Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented a draft resolution implementing a local housing preference policy.  Many low to middle income individuals and families who live and/or work in Davidson are unable to purchase or rent a home in town because both home prices and rents are very expensive. The purpose of this policy is to provide that applicants who live or work in town will be given priority when applying for affordable housing over others who do not have the same connections to town. This preference will be applicable to housing units built though the town’s affordable housing program, town owned homes, and projects that receive a subsidy from the affordable housing (PIL) fund. 

If you would like to provide feedback on the proposed local housing preference policy, visit https://townofdavidson.granicusideas.com/discussions/

The board will be asked to consider approval of the resolution implementing the local housing preference policy at the November 12 meeting.

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