Members present: Dean McGinnis, Margaret
Garrison, Glenn Pattishall, Rick Young,
Lanny Hartsoe, Trent Cloninger, Christopher
Niver, Jerry Setzer, Jeff Murray and
absent: J.V. Huffman Jr. (Chair), Linda
Moose and Charles Connor III
present: Jacky Eubanks, Mary George,
Rich Hoffman and Connie Killian from
the Catawba County Planning Department,
Anthony Starr and John Kenny, consultants
from the Western Piedmont Council of
Margaret Garrison: Called the meeting
to order at 7:06 PM in the Claremont
City Hall. The minutes from the last
meeting were approved. She mentioned
that viewing the adjoining Small Area
Plans already drafted on the County's
website could help the committee.
George: Mentioned that Sherrills Ford
Small Area Plan will be going before
the Board of Commissioners on February
17, 2003 and this could be an educational
meeting if anyone is interested.
committee members displayed their pictures
from the photo exercise.
George displayed pictures from Ms. Moose,
1) Schools and churches which contributed
to a sense of community - like.
2) Remodeling of commercial building.
Good example of reuse of existing structure
3) Hwy 70 - new road (Tate Blvd. Extension),
allows more capacity - like.
4) Traffic issues in Conover - dislike.
5) Sofa in residential front yard - dislike.
6) Conover Street lights - like.
7) Stagnated pooling of water near road
8) Vacancy building in County, need to
try and reuse - dislike.
George displayed pictures from Mr. Connor,
1) Landscaped area in residential neighborhood
2) Pedestrian crossing in front of Charlie's
restaurant - like.
3) High-density in mobile home park -
4) Clearing of stream bank, results in
erosion - dislike.
Garrision displayed her pictures, which
1) Zebulon Drive (as an example of road
conditions). Pitted pavement, substandard
neighborhood with no recreation amenities
especially for kids - dislike.
2) Claremont post office to be relocated
3) Drainage issues at roadways (pooling
water) - dislike.
4) Vacant commercial buildings - dislike.
5) Bethlehem Church and St. Marks, good
examples of day care and pre-school with
outside play grounds for kids - like.
6) Claremont Elementary needs more capacity,
no more mobile classrooms - dislike.
7) Claremont Library, a good community
asset - like.
8) Good police protection in area.
9) CommScope, a good industrial site.
View from the road does not identify
as a typical industrial use and blends
well with the area.
10) Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, new Fire
Department, new Town Hall - all good
examples of community sites and uses.
11) Maintain rural spaces.
12) Area has good traffic patterns, strive
Cloninger displayed his pictures, which
1) Hwy 70 treescape - like.
2) Industrial park at new Hwy 70. Shows
good use of access road lined with trees.
3) Lyle Creek Elementary School shows
good use of turn lanes. School is far
enough off the State Road, which reduces
traffic impact - like.
4) Large lot mobile home park as opposed
to high-density compact design. Not a
bad design if mobile home parks are needed.
5) Hand drawn residential and commercial
signs - dislike.
6) Development on Swinging Bridge Road.
Lots too small. Would prefer open-space
requirements in high-density developments
with areas for play ground amenities
7) Avoid clear cutting of large parcels
with no plans to develop. This creates
areas where brush and weeds grow up.
8) Turn lane in front of truck stop on
Rock Barn Road - bad location. Exit 138
is the last undeveloped exit in the County.
We should be proactive with future road
design plans at this site.
9) River Bend Middle and Bunker Hill
High School are too close together creating
traffic congestion - dislike.
Young displayed his pictures, which included:
1) Fox Hollow and Clark's Creek subdivisions
road conditions. Pitted road surfaces
It was noted by Ms. George that these
subdivisions pre-dated County requirements
for paved roads.
2) Area needs a park for kids and walking.
Mr. Clark mentioned that a grant has
been applied for to rehab the "Lions
Club Park" to include a 50/50 matching
Laney displayed his pictures, which included:
1) Stop clear-cutting all trees on large
parcels - dislike.
2) Farmland area/ rural character - like
3) Loose trash in front of businesses
getting loose - dislike.
4) Too much density in some residential
developments - dislike.
5) Some mobile home parks with double-wides
and paved roads are declining - dislike.
Can something be done?
Murray displayed his pictures, which
1) Advertising signs on light poles -
2) What to do with abandoned old buildings,
i.e., old Lowe's on Hwy 70 - dislike.
It was mentioned that the old Lowe's
is owned by Wal-Mart and they plan on
expanding on this site.
3) It takes too much time to replace
stop signs that get knocked over - dislike.
4) Need more storm water controls, i.e.,
stagnated water in front of Lowe's as
an example - dislike.
5) A camper acting as a replacement for
a burned down residence - dislike.
6) Businesses conflicting with residential
areas - dislike
7) GDS garbage pick-up. A good process
utilizing a large roll out container
one day a week - like.
8) Church growth is good for the area.
This helps develop working relationships
within the community.
9) Historic sites such as Bunker Hill
Covered Bridge and Murray's Mill are
good community assets.
10) Reflective street signs and addresses
11) Need to continue to support local
family businesses - like.
12) City park in Claremont - like.
13) Community outreach is positive in
area, i.e., churches working together
to create a thrift shop out of an old
farmhouse planned for demolition.
Nivers displayed his pictures, which
1) Open-space areas and good recreation
areas for kids - like.
2) Downtown Conover; buildings close
to streets (parking in rear), sidewalks,
street lights and bike paths - like.
3) A duplex that has the appearance of
a single-family home - like.
4) Houses with side entrance garage take
the focus off the automobile and more
on the residence - like.
5) Commercial dumpsters enclosed with
opaque screening - like.
6) High density mobile home parks - dislike.
Require storage buildings to minimize
toys, garbage in yards.
7) Too much asphalt in strip plazas.
Need to break up pavement with landscaping
and create some rear parking requirements.
8) High-density neighborhoods with common
open-space and homes closer to the street
for a sense of community and walkability
9) Double frontage lots create traffic
congestion issues - dislike.
10) Overhead wires in downtowns - dislike.
Setzer displayed his pictures, which
1) Strive to support local businesses.
Examples included Southern Furniture
and Smith Setzer & Sons.
2) Fire Department, Masonic Temple, Hickory
Airport and Ramada Inn - good community
services and uses.
3) I-40, railroad, airport - examples
of good transportation network in the
4) Turn signals timing in area - like.
5) Residential developments with ample
space between homes - like.
6) Rock Barn Golf Course, sail boats
on Lake Norman and Hickory Crawdads Stadium
provide good recreation opportunities
7) Open-space to secure natural wildlife
habitats - like.
8) Murray's Mill and Old County Courthouse
in Downtown Newton are good examples
of historic landmarks. Strive to preserve
them and others.
9) St. James Lutheran Church - like.
10) Display of American Flag at People's
Bank - like.
11) Cemeteries at churches - like.
general comment included to strive to
keep large employers near business environments.
McGinnis: Claremont is an industrial
city. The City's policies encourage being
able to walk to industrial sites. Where
residential subdivisions are developed
the idea is to concentrate those neighborhoods
near industrial sites. Claremont is striving
to become an urban community with higher-density
developments to include public water
and sewer. Mixed-use is a focus.
Setzer: Public sewer should be a municipal
venture when areas require it. It should
not be up to the County to provide.
Eubanks: The Board of Commissioners adopted
as one of their goals to re-write the
County's Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
to implement the Small Area Plan recommendations.
As the County adjoins the municipalities
the County will look for uniformity with
next meeting is scheduled for March 11,
2003 at 7:00 PM at Claremont City Hall.
Zoning, subdivision regulations, long-range
planning ideas and the other Small Area
Plans will be discussed.
schedule of the upcoming meetings was
discussed including the format for the
community input meeting. May 20th was
decided as a first choice and May 22nd
as a back up for the community input
The meeting adjourned at 8:22 PM.