Balls Creek Small Area Planning Committee Meeting 
August 5, 2002 

Members present: Vance Dalton (chairman), Nancy Smyre, Nancy Jo Teague, Eddie Barringer, Phillip Beard, Robert Couch, Jerry McCombs, and Eric Shook. 

Members absent: Stanley Stewart, Mike Rutledge, Paul Beatty (Planning Board liaison), Janice Morrow, Robbie Bennett, and Michael Isenhour.

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

Mr. Dalton: Called the meeting to order at 6:40 PM.  The minutes from the May 6 and June 3, 2002 meetings were approved.
Ms. George: Handed out a map showing a recently approved sewer extension project.  She also displayed the mountain protection district map which showed properties above the 1100-foot elevation.  These properties would be subject to the 1 lot per 5-acre recommendation of the committee.  Ten undeveloped tracts (nine different property owners) would be affected by this recommendation.  The committee agreed with the map as it was displayed.

The committee then began to review the draft plan.  

Ms. Smyre: Brought up a question on page 30 regarding releasing school capacity.  

Mr. Kenny: Responded that when the Board of Commissioners adopted the 1 lot per 2-acre regulations, it was intended to be temporary and the Small Area Planning Committees were to further discuss the issue.  The committee is proposing high-density areas where they expect the majority of new subdivision development to take place.  Therefore, the committee is recommending that the school capacity requirement be released in those areas.  The net effect would be that school capacity would then not apply to the entire Balls Creek district since the remaining areas are recommended to be low density (1 lot per 2-acres) and would not be subject to school capacity by the current ordinance.  The committee wanted to emphasize that they still want the County to consider alternative funding sources for schools.

Ms. George: Discussed the proposed rezoning map.  She told the committee that the plan could be approved in concept, but that rezoning of properties will have to come back before the Planning Board and the Board of Commissioners in a public hearing.

Mr. Eubanks: Suggested that the committee consider adding language that the plan is not as restrictive as the State regarding watershed regulations.

Dates and the format for the community meeting were discussed.  October 1st was decided to be the first choice with October 15th being the second. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.