Catawba Small Area Plan
Committee Meeting for February 10, 2004

Members present: J.V. Huffman Jr. (Chair), Lanny Hartsoe, Margaret Garrison, Ricky Young, Jeff Murray, Dean McGinnis and Trent Cloninger.

Members absent: Jerry Setzer, Glenn Pattishall, Christopher Niver, Linda Moose and Charles Connor III.

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

Mr. Huffman called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM in the Claremont City Hall. The minutes from the December 9, 2003 meeting were approved.

Mr. Kenny discussed the comments received from the January 13, 2004 community input meeting. Overall, the comments received were positive. One citizen wanted to see the sliding scale of lot sizes (.5 - .75 - and 1- acre) changed to 1-acre for all new lots. The committee reviewed this and did not recommend changing the density. They felt that not much area is recommended for lots less than an acre due to the relatively small area of their SAP so they felt comfortable with the current lot size recommendation. They also discussed the recommendation to delete the school capacity requirement. They believed that their density recommendations gave consideration to this; therefore, they recommended retaining this statement in the plan.

Under the Transportation section, the committee added a recommendation to request a traffic signal study from NCDOT at the intersection of Hwy. 10 and Boggs Road.

Next the committee discussed a letter received from the developers of Stonehaven Mobile Home Park. This park is in an area recommended for R-1 zoning which would not allow manufactured homes to be placed on vacant lots after the zoning is changed. After considerable discussion, the committee decided to allow manufactured home parks and subdivisions developed with manufactured homes to be able to put manufactured homes in the developments (whether replacements or on vacant lots) after the zoning is changed. Language will be added to the draft to allow these instances to continue as a non-conforming use.

Mr. Huffman informed the committee that he and staff met with the Board of Commissioners in individual meetings. He said that the Board members commended the committee for its work on the plan. The Board particularly liked the committee's recommendations for affordable housing, the business park at I-40/Hwy. 10 and the vision for a greenway along Lyle Creek.

The Commissioners asked the committee's consideration on a few items:

  • Applying a Catawba River corridor similar to the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Plan
  • Note that the I-40/Hwy. 10 industrial area could serve as a regional facility
  • Note that the specific percentage of open space will be determined through the UDO process

The committee also discussed some minor changes:

  • Remove the word "requiring" to "encourage" alleyways on page 24 and clarification of the option of internal access subdivision road vs. an alleyway.
  • Clarify that the 30-foot buffer is for "new" subdivision noted on page 16.

Mr. McGinnis brought up his concern for the future stability of the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge due to future flooding episodes on Lyle Creek as development occurs in the watershed. The committee added a recommendation to conduct a study on flood impacts to the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge.

With the changes noted at this meeting, the Committee formally recommended the Plan to the Planning Board.

Ms. George noted that the Planning Board will need to have a work session with the committee to review the plan recommendations in detail before their public hearing on March 29, 2004. The committee agreed to meet on Tuesday, March 9. She also noted that the Board of Commissioners will be conducting its public hearing on April 19, 2004. Reminder notices will be sent to the committee.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.