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Catawba Community Input Meeting Results

Jacky Eubanks

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Jacky Eubanks
Planning & Parks Director


Phone: (828) 465-8380
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map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

meeting photoThe Catawba Small Area Plan Committee hosted a community input meeting on May 20, 2003 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont. The purpose of the meeting was to receive input from citizens about the future of their community which the Committee will use in the development of a Small Area Plan. In addition to the Planning Committee members, eleven (11) citizens attended the meeting. The format of the meeting included an introduction of the Committee members and general information on the Small Area Plan process. Those in attendance were then divided into small groups and were asked three questions: "What do you like about the Catawba area?; What concerns do you have for the Catawba area?; What is your future vision of the Catawba area?". Then the individual small group comments were posted on large sheets of paper on the walls and attendees voted for the top five issues that were important to them. Attendees were asked to limit one vote per issue.

Specific issues that residents voted on are listed below. The number beside each issue indicates the number of votes it received. If an issue does not have a number beside it, the issue was listed for voting but no one voted for it.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE CATAWBA AREA?
Transportation
Low Traffic/Minimal noise
Proximity to I-40 (easy access)

Community - 7
Open Space/Close Proximity
Small Town/Community
Low Crime Area
Churches (1)
Undeveloped Land/Open Spaces
Sense of pride for our community (1)
Historical Sites/Heritage (2)
Children Play Safely
Cultural opportunities
Diversity (people, cultures)
Good feeling when driving thru community
Country style living (3)
Good blend of people & church-related communities
Privacy - lack of population
Well-maintained properties

Public Services
Good Medical Facilities
Good Schools/New School Building
Development stages of schools

Environment - 2
Environment is clean
Wildlife
Rivers & streams
Landmarks (Connors Park/Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Murray's Mill) (2)
Forests & trees

Business
Industry
Family businesses
New businesses

WHAT CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE CATAWBA AREA

Transportation - 2
Need new roads for future growth
Through traffic in neighborhoods (1)
Mobile home areas w/poorly maintained roads
Better roads/traffic lights to handle high traffic times
Traffic lights with arrows (1)
Bike riders - no place

Community - 7
Some towns/cities are stronger than others (2)
Keeping elderly in community (1)
More focus on elderly (4)
Losing farms

Environment
Flooding of creeks/streams

Public Services - 13
Stronger enforcement junked/abandoned vehicle rules
More County law enforcement needed for the area
Lack of utilities (water, sewer) (8)
Need more information for availability of county services (1)
Community recreation department - place for children (4)

Residential - 2
Over-development (2)
Need stricter appearance standards for manufactured & site-built homes (1)
Need larger lots for new development (2+ acres) (1)
Subsidized housing

Commercial/Industrial - 3
Centralizing industry (3)
More industry
Empty industry buildings
Jobs
Too many signs

WHAT IS YOUR FUTURE VISION OF THE CATAWBA AREA?
Transportation - 9

Adequate roads that accommodate growth
All side/dirt roads are paved
Emission control for all vehicles (old & new)
Enforcement of traffic laws on private roads (1)
Cheap public transportation (1)
Frontage/service road(s) along I-40 & 321 (1)
Keep I-40 visually open (undeveloped) (6)

Public Services - 11

Recreation - 4
Larger/improved parking area at Connor Park (3)
More/improved parks (1)

Schools - 2
Improved track/ball-fields for Bunker Hill High School
Better school districting (2)
More schools

Law Enforcement
More involvement in community watch program

County - 5
Leash laws (2)
Better media coverage to increase public involvement in planning process
Cheaper building inspection/zoning fees
Realistic personal property tax appraisals
Focus on elderly (housing, transportation) (3)

Residential - 4
Planned growth (1)
Limit urban sprawl
Well-planned, affordable housing (3)
More developments with good lighting & sidewalks

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