Catawba Small Area Plan
Committee Meeting for April 8, 2003
Members present: J.V. Huffman Jr. (Chair), Dean McGinnis, Margaret Garrison, Jeff Murray, Glenn Pattishall, Rick Young, Lanny Hartsoe, Christopher Niver, Todd Clark and Trent Cloninger.
Members absent: Jerry Setzer, Linda Moose and Charles Connor III.
Staff present: Jacky Eubanks and Rich Hoffman (Catawba County Planning Department), Anthony Starr and John Kenny [consultants, Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG)].
Other present: Corey Teague, City Planner, Claremont; Randy Williams, Planning Director, Conover.
Chair J.V. Huffman: Called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM in the Claremont City Hall. The minutes from the March 11, 2003 meeting were approved with a correction noted on page 2 paragraph 3 last sentence to read "If public water or school capacity are not available, then the lot size would be two-acres."
Teague: Discussed current planning initiatives
within the City of Claremont:
An annexation boundary agreement map for the City of Claremont and Town of Catawba was handed out and explained.
Mr. McGinnis: The annexation boundary agreement helps with future growth plans and expansion of public utilities. Claremont focuses on industrial and commercial development. Annexation of residential areas is not a priority. The I-40 corridor is an area that the city is looking at for future commercial and/or industrial annexation since this area is not ideal for residential development. Residential annexation is considered when residents require public water and sewer.
Mr. Pattishall: Displayed a City of Newton zoning map. Land use in Newton is predominately residential. Zoning for mobile homes is available in four quadrants of the City, although recent zoning changes preclude singlewide mobile homes in the city limits. The county's 2-acre zoning has created infill development opportunities inside the city limits. Newton has no current plans for involuntary annexation. A 1988 annexation added approximately 3,000 acres and 3,000 people to the City limits in the Startown area. It added approximately $50 million to the tax base.
In the past, the central railroad corridor has developed in a linear pattern. Future growth will be to the west, towards US Hwy 321, the only high volume transportation route. Unlike most cities in Catawba County, Newton is an electric provider city. For this reason a premium power park is proposed near the city's water intake. This facility could attract a number of clean high-tech/large electric user industries that would benefit from a continuous power supply. Other issues impacting growth will be the widening of NC Hwy 16 and the Area Specific Plans.
The city has been divided into six distinct areas and will compile community plans, involving public input. These plans will develop on an on-going basis. Currently the St. Paul's Area Plan is being discussed. This area is surrounded by Hickory and Conover industrial zoning and is rural in nature. This area could provide good locations for a mix of land uses. Newton bases higher density in residential areas on floor area ratios, not a minimum number of lots. Newton has an interest in the county SAP's due to the abutting boundaries and sees this as an opportunity to coordinate plans.
The city's ability to expand is limited by its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Thus far, the county has not agreed to extend city ETJs so unless the cities annex their growth will be limited. Newton has a legal annexation boundary agreement with Hickory and an unofficial agreement with Conover. Also, the city has the largest national historic district in the county (about 100 structures) but it is not regulated. The city is looking towards economic development for the future.
and recently completed planning initiatives
Williams: Current and recently completed
planning initiatives for Conover include:
of recent Conover planning initiatives
The water line coming from I-40 north is one of the reasons Conover has an interest in the development of this SAP.
Conover has an annexation boundary agreement with Hickory, Claremont and unofficially with Newton.
Clark: Displayed a zoning map for the
Town of Catawba including the city and
its ETJ. Currently the town is working
on updating the Zoning Ordinance and
it could be complete by June 2003. The
city's goal is to be ready for more growth.
Other recent factors influencing growth
Mr. Eubanks: The Catawba SAP is unique since it is bound by several municipalities, which will initiate urban issues for discussion by the Committee.
Mr. Kenny: Discussed the goals of the first community input meeting. To allow the public to bring ideas to the committee members. Three questions will be asked; 1) What do you like about the Catawba SAP study area, 2) your dislikes, 3) what is your future vision of the area? Mr. Kenny wanted the committee to begin thinking about serving as facilitators at the community meeting. The meeting format will consist of small group discussions with all the ideas presented for consideration and prioritization by those present. It is scheduled for May 20, 2003 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, in downtown Claremont.
next regular Committee meeting is scheduled
for May 13, 2003 at 7:00 pm at Claremont
City Hall. John Tippett from the WPCOG
will discuss transportation planning.