Catawba Small Area Plan
Committee Meeting for August 12, 2003 

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

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

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

Chair Huffman called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm in the Claremont City Hall Council Room. The minutes were approved with one correction - change hill to "hall" in paragraph 4 on page 1.

Mr. Anthony Starr reviewed with the Committee the future land use designations. He also reviewed the surrounding Small Area Plans' proposed land uses in the adjoining areas. He stated he wanted this committee to look at these proposals and see if they found them consistent with what they would like for their area.

  • Mr. Clark indicated that public sewer will be constructed to I-40 by the Town of Catawba within 12 months. Industrial uses were discussed along I-40 since sewer would be available. It was suggested that industrial parks should be the type of development allowed due to larger tracts located along the interstate. It was also suggested internal streets would be required in these parks. The fact that flood plain issues would enter into play with the developments in this area was also discussed.

    Mr. Starr asked the Committee if they agreed with St. Stephens/Oxford Plan recommendation for a community center for the I-40/Oxford School Road and the surrounding areas.

    Mr. McGinnis stated that Catawba and Claremont were doing major planning along the I-40 corridor, and eventually these cities would probably annex this area. He noted that this Committee needed to know or be aware of their future plans.

    Mr. Clark stated that the property at the SE quadrant is already in the Town of Catawba and is presently zoned M-1 industrial.

    Mr. Clark stated that the Catawba Town Council had made a commitment since the last meeting of this Committee to maintain the I-40 intersection as far as aesthetics purposes.

    It was the consensus of the Committee to stay with industrial, campus type development along the I-40 corridor to be consistent with the St. Stephens/Oxford Plan. This would include warehousing but no heavy manufacturing.

    Mr. Eubanks stated that this area deserves a unique design concept, which addresses aesthetics, and also possibly having a special name. The Committee members concluded that they wanted this to be a stopping point, not a drive by area. The Committee stated that this should be a place for people to stop and spend their money and a place that someone would be able to enjoy because it is well designed and a pleasant place to be.

    It was the consensus of the Committee that it wanted this area to have commercial development that would be aesthetically pleasing, that would be walkable, and would be a destination point. Also, development standards should address architectural controls and landscaping for parking areas. The Committee agreed to designate the Oxford School Road/I-40 area as a Community Center, connecting it with a similar recommendation made by the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Committee.

  • The Balls Creek Rd./Hwy 10 intersection was discussed which was shown on the Balls Creek Small Area Plan map as a neighborhood commercial node. Ms. George explained to the Committee exactly what would be allowed in a neighborhood commercial zoning and stated it was comparable to C-2 commercial in the County's current zoning. Mr. Starr explained that only part of this intersection was located in this Plan's area.

  • Another intersection discussed was Bethany Church Rd./Hwy. 10, which was also recommended to be a neighborhood commercial node by the Balls Creek Small Area Plan. A 10-20 acreage requirement was recommended to go with this designation

    The Committee members stated that they would like to see 10-acres per quadrant at the Balls Creek Rd. and Bethany Church Rd. intersections be considered for neighborhood commercial uses.

  • Mr. McGinnis mentioned the area at the B & B Rd./Old Catawba Rd. intersection. He stated that he felt commercial growth will be happening in this area in the future since sewer was available. He suggested that mixed, multi-family, and commercial uses be proposed for this area. One side of this road is Claremont's ETJ and the other side is in the County's zoning. Claremont's zoning is already in line with this proposal, Mr. McGinnis informed the Committee.

    It was the consensus of the Committee that this area should be proposed neighborhood commercial/mixed uses.

  • The intersection of Mt. Olive Church Rd./Hwy. 10, which is partially located in Newton's jurisdiction, was discussed. There is only one side of this intersection located in this Plan's area. The Committee felt that if commercial was designated on all other sides by other Plans, then it should be consistent and continue on all four sides. They also felt that 10-acres per quadrant should be established at this intersection.

  • Another item discussed was how specifically they wanted to see Hwy. 70 to be developed. They stated that wanted to see Hwy 70 to stay more residential, with more commercial nodes and industrial development parks to be directed toward the I-40 area.
Mr. Starr stated that the next thing that this Committee would be discussing is the Density Map (#5), which will show residential densities within this district. He pointed out what the neighboring Plans had recommended. St. Stephens/Oxford recommended an average of ¾ acre lots for their medium density residential areas. Other areas had one-acre lots designated, while still other areas had two-acre lot designations. He asked the members to review this map and think about what kind of densities that they wanted to see in their area, and if they would like to try to stay consistent with adjoining area Plans. He informed the Committee that at the present time there are about five different densities shown in the other Plans. Mr. Starr pointed out that almost all of the Catawba Plan area is located within the watershed, which will limit the size of the proposed lots to a minimum of one-third acre lots with public water.

Mr. Starr announced that the next scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 beginning at 7:00 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:59 pm.