Balls Creek Small Area Planning Committee Meeting 
March 4, 2002 

Members present: Vance Dalton (chairman), Jerry McCombs, Stanley Stewart, Eddie Barringer, Eric Shook, and Phillip Beard.

Members absent: Robert Crouch, Mike Rutledge, Paul Beatty (Planning Board liaison), Nancy Smyre, Janice Morrow, Nancy Jo Teague, Robbie Bennett, and Michael Isenhour.

Staff present: Mary George and Rich Hoffman from the Catawba County Planning Department; John Kenny, consultant from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG).

Mr. Dalton: Opened the meeting at 7:05 PM.  The minutes from the February 4, 2002 meeting were approved.

Ms. George: Displayed a future land use map showing density of land use and commercial nodes.  The residential density proposed thus far includes ¾ acre lots (high-density) and 1-acre lots (low-density).  The committee further defined areas that they will consider proposing as 2-acre lots.  This area would take into account farmland areas and existing larger tracts of rural land.
Committee: Asked questions of staff as to what other SAPís were discussing regarding housing density.  Mountain View has proposed half-acre lots for high-density and 2-acre lots for low-density.  Sherrills Ford has proposed ¾-acre lots along the lake and ½ acre lots along Sherrills Ford Road for high-density and much of their area to contain 2-acre lots as low-density.  

Committee: Discussed the issue of impact fees for school funding.  Another point to clarify that staff brought up is whether to recommend releasing school capacity in the high-density areas for new subdivisions.  The committee agreed on a statement that school capacity would be released subject to the school bond referendum passing.  If this was not approved, then they wanted the County to pursue additional sources for school funding which would include consideration of impact fees.  

The committee also discussed the ability of a developer to offer more than the required open-space in a cluster development with provisions for receiving increased density.     

Existing public water and sewer service locations and the urban section of the Hwy. 16 corridor helped guide the committee regarding proposed high-density areas.

The committee redrafted the future land use map and extended the high-density areas to include the Woodland Oaks subdivision, Fox Dairy Road area, Balls Creek Road area, and around the Mt. Olive Church Road intersection.  Other areas southeast and northwest would be proposed at 1 lot per 1-acre.  The remainder of the area would be proposed to have a 1 lot per 2-acre density corridor to include the lower Hwy. 16 area.

Ms. George: Displayed their proposed residential rezoning map displaying R-1 areas (allowing stick-built homes) and R-3 areas (allowing for stick-built and double-wide manufactured homes).  The R-3 areas were considered due to the proximity of existing similar structures.  The higher density areas correlated with existing R-2 zoning districts and some proposed R-1 zoning bordering Hwy. 16.  The 1 lot per 2-acre density corridor correlated with the R-1 proposed zoning areas.  

The next meeting is scheduled for April 8th, 2001.  At this meeting the Committee would review their residential density map and begin discussing natural and cultural resources.  The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.