Catawba Small Area Plan
Committee Meeting for October 21, 2003

Members Present: J.V. Huffman, Chair, Trent Cloninger, Margaret Garrison, and Jeff Murray

Members Absent: Lanny Hartsoe, Dean McGinnis, Ricky Young, Jerry Setzer, Charles Connoer, Todd Clark, Christopher Niver, Linda Moose and Glenn Pattishall

Staff Present: Jacky Eubanks, and Connie Killian from the Catawba County Planning Department and John Kenny, consultant from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG).

Chair Huffman called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. He announced that this meeting was a continuation of the meeting that was held on Tuesday, October 14, 2003.

He turned the meeting over to Mr. John Kenny, consultant from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

Mr. Kenny reminded the Committee of the County's three residential zoning districts - R-1, R-2, and R-3. He explained what type of housing that was allowed in each of these districts. He said that there needed to be places in the County as a whole where mobile homes could be placed. He asked the Committee if there were any reasons they wanted to change the zoning to not have mobile homes within this area.

Mr. Eubanks reminded the Committee members that a previous zoning map that had been given to them showed 99.9% of the acres in this area being zoned R-2 Residential. He also pointed out that the permits for single and double wide mobile homes had gone down in number to almost nothing in the past couple of years. He reiterated that areas still needed to be provided for affordable housing.

One of the suggestions made was a possible mobile home overlay district as was done in the Town of Catawba.

There was discussion among the Committee members concerning the differences of a doublewide and modular home. Mr. Kenny explained the differences to the members.

Mr. Kenny stated that he was hearing support from the Committee members for rezoning some of this area to R-1 and R-3 and not keeping R-2.

Mr. Cloninger stated that he would like to see this area go R-3 to allow some affordable housing for some of the larger tracts. This would enable landowners who might want to subdivide for their children a place to live in the future.

The area for potential R-1 zoning was discussed by the Committee members. It was the consensus of the Committee that the following zoning proposals be made: R-1 would be North of the railroad to I-40 and West (remainder of Catawba SAP to the West) of B & B Rd./Hewitt Rd. all the way to Hwy. 10. The area between the railroad and B & B Rd/Hewitt Rd. would be R-3 zoning. This would reflect an approximate 75%-25% ratio.

The Committee felt that areas in the District had plenty of mobile homes and there were areas that they could still be placed that would be grandfathered, i.e. Boggs Rd., Cinderella St. (Note: these areas will be subject to new zoning criteria and mobile homes would not be able to be placed if not zoned R-2 or R-3)

Mr. Kenny stated that a map will be made by Mr. Starr showing their proposals and mailed to them prior to the next meeting for them to review in case they may want to make changes or want to discuss further.

Mr. Kenny discussed guiding principles concerning retirement which he stated are very general statements. With retirement homes in mind, he stated that all they could do was encourage developers to construct the right type of building, i.e. handicapped accessible bathrooms, entrances, etc.

A Committee member suggested that they could encourage development of duplexes for retirees. The question was asked if our lot sizes were large enough to encourage the development for duplexes. Also, multi-units were discussed.

The question was asked if someone wanted to do a large retirement center and our zoning wouldn't allow it, could something be done to allow it.

Mr. Eubanks stated that with our new UDO being developed, conditional zoning could be used as a tool to allow this.

It was also decided by the committee that duplexes should be allowed in all residential zones.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 11, 2003 at Claremont City Hall.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.