MOUNTAIN VIEW SMALL AREA PLAN
COMMITTEE MEETING FOR JUNE 11, 2001

The Mountain View Small Area Plan Committee meeting began at 6:15 PM in the Mountain View Elementary School Media Center.

Members present: Debbie Pitts (chairman), Paul Fleetwood, and Larry Johnson.

Members absent: Jeanette Ringley, Steve Von Drehle, and Wade Scronce.

Staff present: Mary George and Rich Hoffman from the Catawba County Planning Department; Dee Blackwell and Susan Baumann, consultants from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG)

Others present: Tom Carr from the City of Hickory.

The minutes from the May 21, 2001 meeting were approved.

Mr. Blackwell: Displayed a map showing both high and low-density areas as have been identified by the committee. This map was prepared by WPCOG by a field survey noting existing stick-built subdivisions along with adjoining one-lot buffer areas. These areas accounted for approximately 5,600 of the approximate 20,000 total acres in the Mountain View Small Area Panning district. The field survey also showed 193 single-wide mobile homes and 263 total (single-wide and double-wide) mobile homes in the area. The 2000 census counts 3,900 total households in this area. A corridor area along Hwy. 127 was also delineated on the maps.

Mr. Johnson: Brought up the discussion of the purpose of the map, which was prepared by WPCOG. After seeing the display of existing stick-built subdivisions and the one-lot buffer areas he suggested creating continuous connections of buffer areas including the Hwy. 127 area.

Ms. George: cautioned the committee against recommending exclusion of mobile homes from the entire area.

Committee: Began discussing the corridors and trying to fill in the connections. They established a continuous corridor connecting stick-built buffer areas. What emerged was a map showing that the areas farthest away from Hickory are noted as areas that are more conducive to accept mobile homes. The committee also noted that the areas established for high-density (closest to Hickory) would be not conducive for mobile homes. Staff will update the map showing the edits to the connection areas and calculate the acreage including the high density areas as R-1 zoning.

Committee: Discussed where multi-family zoning would be appropriate. R-1 by definition does not allow for multi-family (high density). It was thought that when the community requested multi-family, it would go through the City of Hickory, since the County requirement for multi-family is to connect to public water and sewer. Generally, the Committee recommended high-density development in the Hwy. 321 corridor.

Ms. George: A continuation from last month meeting for clarification and consensus on the policy statements was discussed.

The committee came to a consensus on the following policy statements:

Open-Space/Recreation Statements:

Language from minutes:

Landscaping adds significantly to the appearance and viability of the community. The County should review and improve the landscaping, setbacks, buffer, and tree preservation requirements of the County Code for both residential and commercial. Change to:

Landscaping adds significantly to the appearance and viability of the community. The County should review and strength the landscaping, setbacks, buffer, and tree preservation requirements of the County Code for both residential and commercial, if necessary. Language from minutes:

The Mountain View community strongly supports the development of the Baker's Mountain Park and encourages the expansion of the lands purchased for the park.

The area around the Henry Fork River (in Mountain View) should be included as one of the locations for open-space/greenway planning.

Change to:

No changes Language from minutes:

The County should implement the Mountain Protection overlay-zoning district in the area on the area shown in Figure ______ to limit development around Baker's Mountain. Change to:

The County should implement the Mountain Protection overlay-zoning district in the area on the area shown in Figure ______ to limit development around Baker's Mountain, to include prohibiting manufactured homes. Language from minutes:

Develop regulations to preserve Baker's Mountain and to have consistency in zoning to ensure that development fits in and preserve it so that it doesn't become overburdened with residences.

Change to:

Delete statement Language from minutes:

To help ensure the continuation of recreation facilities, strive to attract corporate sponsorships for County Parks. Change to:

Strive to attract corporate sponsorships for County Parks. Language from minutes:

Create opportunities to connect the park trails to adjoining residential developments. Change to:

Create opportunities to connect the trails to adjoining residential developments and other public/community facilities. Language from minutes:

Preserve farms. Change to:

No change. Language from minutes:

Encourage pedestrian/bike lanes along Zion Church Road, River Road, Pittstown Road, Finger Bridge Road and Mountain Grove Church Road. These roads show evidence of bicycle use. Change to:

No change. Language from minutes:

Many conversations centered on Mountain View's “rural character”. Maintaining the rural character in Mountain View is a high priority for the community. The first step is to adopt a definition of “rural character”. A suggestion was that limiting commercial/industrial activities, preserving farms and allowing a mixture of low-density residential (about ˝ acre per lot) describes rural character. Another definition included larger lot requirements (i.e., minimum 2-acres) could promote rural character as well as limiting commercial activity. Another suggestion was that conservation subdivision design (clustering) could help promote rural character. Change to:

Omit as a policy statement, but include as a policy statement/guiding principle. Language from minutes:

Require sidewalks on both sides of Highway 127. Change to:

No change. Language from minutes:

Reserve Highway 321 and its corridor area as a scenic highway where it lies within this planning district. Also included for scenic routes should be Finger Bridge Road and Greedy Highway, and Zion Church Road. Change to:

Reserve Highway 321 and its corridor area as a scenic highway, based on the highest designation it would qualify for, where it lies within this planning district. Also included for scenic routes should be Finger Bridge Road and Greedy Highway, and Zion Church Road. Language from minutes:

Require additional pavement for pedestrians on major roads and to connect to schools and parks. Change to:

Require additional pavement when NCDOT completes resurfacing or widening projects for pedestrians on major roads and to connect to schools and parks. Language from minutes:

Designate greenways areas to include the Henry Fork and Jacobs Fork Rivers and preservation of environmental features along floodways. Change to:

No change. Language from minutes:

Designate a rural conservation area along Old Shelby Road near Burke County. Change to:

Delete statement. Language from minutes:

Require the rural conservation areas (outside of Baker's Mountain) to adhere to 1 lot per 2-acre density with clustering and that no water/sewer extensions should be made to the area. These are areas that were originally discussed as part of the Strategic Growth Plan. Change to:

Require the low-density areas (outside of Baker's Mountain) to adhere to 1 lot per 2-acre density with clustering and that no water/sewer extensions should be made to the area. Language from minutes:

The County should adopt a recreation/open space plan to connect the County's future Baker's Mountain Park and the City's Henry Fork River Park. Change to:

No change. Language from minutes:

Consider a recreation use for the old Mountain View Elementary school property. Change to:

Delete statement. Residential Statements:

Language from minutes:

Mountain View should remain primarily residential (with the exception of locations identified for commercial and industrial uses). Keeping the area residential will create disincentives for annexation. Change to:

Mountain View should remain primarily residential (with the exception of locations identified for commercial and industrial uses). Language from minutes:

An overlay district for multi-family opportunities should be developed as a way to create affordable housing opportunities. Change to:

This would be represented on a map showing the transitional areas in the Hwy. 321 corridor. Language from minutes:

The County should create more opportunities for retirement aged housing communities. Change to:

The County should create dialogue between the County and developers who have experience with retirement aged housing communities. The committee will continue to edit the policy statements.

The next meeting date is set for July 16, 2001 at 6:00 PM.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.