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Sherrills Ford Community Input Meeting Results

Jacky Eubanks

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Jacky Eubanks
Planning & Parks Director


Phone: (828) 465-8380
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map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658


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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
The Sherrills Ford/Lake Norman Small Area Plan Committee hosted a community input meeting on August 31,2000 at the Sherrills Ford Elementary School. The purpose of the meeting was to receive input from citizens about the future of their community, which the Committee will use in the development of the Small Area Plan. In addition to the fourteen Planning Committee members, one hundred thirty five (135) citizens attended the meeting. The format of the meeting included an introduction of the Committee members and general information on the Small Area Plan process. Those in attendance were then divided into small groups and were asked three questions: “What do you like about Sherrills Ford/Lake Norman?; What concerns do you have for Sherrills Ford/Lake Norman?; and What is your future vision of Sherrills Ford/Lake Norman?” After the individual small group comments were combined into general issue categories, they were posted on large sheets of paper on the walls and attendees voted for the top five issues that were important to them. No limitations were placed on the number of votes that could be placed in each of the three question categories. Therefore, there were more votes cast for the “future vision” issues than either the “likes” or “concerns” issues. However, attendees were asked to limit one vote per issue.
The general categories listed below are broken out to show the specific issues that residents voted on, the number of small groups that listed that same issue, and the vote totals. If an issue has (0) beside it, that indicates that the issue was listed for voting but no one voted for it.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THE SHERRILLS FORD/LAKE NORMAN AREA?
Issue Listed Votes
Small town atmosphere 9 19
Trees / natural beauty 10 9
Clean lake 6 8
Zoning regulations 1 6
Fire Department / Rescue 3 4
Well water 1 3
Big lots in new developments 2 2
Not like Mooresville 1 2
Peacefulness 4 2
Optimist Club/civic spirit 8 2
Historical resources 3 2
Friendly people 4 1
Rural location 12 1
Opportunity to plan for growth 1 1
Safe and secure living 11 1
Not overcrowded 7 1
Library 4 1
Cheaper to live here (lower taxes) 3 1
Good access to shopping 2 1
Family oriented community 3 0
Wilderness / flowers 2 0
Active people 2 0
Clean environment 1 0
Affordable housing 1 0
Opportunity for input 2 0
Close to Charlotte 2 0
Great Postal Service 2 0
Access to City conveniences 7 0
Lack of industry 2 0
Diversity of people 2 0
No "cookie-cutter" communities 1 0
Lake 7 0
Good schools 8 0
Churches 4 0
Traffic not too bad 5 0
Lack of lake congestion 1 0
Established neighborhoods 2 0
Limited commercial development 5 0
Lake access 3 0
Recreation opportunities 2 0
TOTALS
 
67
WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS FOR THE SHERRILLS FORD/LAKE NORMAN AREA?
Issue Listed Votes
Sewer plant location 5 34
Lake pollution 9 29
Minimize multi-family and industrial development 4 24
Overcrowded schools 10 10
Too much industrial growth 1 8
No parks or recreation 5 7
Roads are too narrow and deteriorated 10 5
Too much Duke Power control 2 5
Air and water quality 7 4
Deforestation of woodlands 6 3
Increase Sheriff's Department staff 3 3
Impact on wildlife 1 3
Growth along Highway 150 5 2
Adhere to planned growth, adopt adequate public facilities ordinance and/or impact fees 2 2
Excessive growth 6 2
Reduce side yard setbacks from 60' to 30' 1 2
Boater safety 5 2
Deficient sewer availability 2 1
Access to emergency health care 1 1
Paying for sewer plant and not being able to connect 1 1
Better markers for train crossings 3 1
Inadequate emergency services 2 1
Tax revenues not being fairly distributed to area 3 1
Deteriorating lake quality 1 0
Deficient water availability 3 0
Failing septic tanks 1 0
Lack of past planning 3 0
Rising cost of real-estate 4 0
Airport noise 2 0
Lack of design rules for development 1 0
Road congestion 9 0
Too much commercial growth 6 0
Inadequate library service 3 0
Only one garbage collection site 2 0
No ladder truck for tall buildings 1 0
Need more than 1 full time fireman 1 0
Visual pollution (billboards) 1 0
Services not keeping up with growth 4 0
Tacky fast food businesses 1 0
Light pollution 2 0
Lack of current law enforcement 5 0
Preserve open space 2 0
Lack of access to water and sewer 2 0
No sound zoning practices 3 0
Limit density of development 2 0
Noise pollution 1 0
Spillover of Mooresville 2 0
Lack of local control 6 0
Too much dry boat storage 1 0
Political community tensions 1 0
Too many homes 2 0
Lack of lake enforcement 2 0
Create agricultural zoning 1 0
Too much sprawl 2 0
Highway 150 over-developed 2 0
Keep residential zoning 1 0
Larger library 2 0
Preservation of historic Terrell 2 0
Control growth when sewer plant is complete 2 0
Private docks deteriorating 1 0
TOTALS 151

WHAT IS YOUR FUTURE VISION FOR THE SHERRILLS FORD/LAKE NORMAN AREA?
Issue Listed Votes
District representation for County Board of Commissioners 2 53
Limited commercial development 3 41
Strict zoning regulations 2 40
Alternate route of Highway 150 2 27
Promote a “village” concept for new development 3 27
Recreation facilities / parks / YMCA 13 26
Preservation of trees and open spaces 7 16
Use of impact fees for new development 4 14
Incorporation of Sherrills Ford 5 14
Clean lake water 1 14
Improved roads and schools infrastructure 7 12
Additional shopping / dinning 1 11
Well planned growth 9 10
Increased industry/business parks 4 8
Limit industrial growth 2 8
Restriction of billboards/regulate signage 2 8
Boating regulations / license requirements 4 7
Protection of landowner rights 1 7
New cultural facilities 1 6
Planned developments / “smart growth” 3 6
Preservation of the historical character 5 6
New library 5 6
No sewer service 1 5
Larger schools 12 4
Widening of Highway 150 4 3
Improved police protection 5 3
Better medical services needed 3 2
Use of transfer of development rights 1 2
No apartments 1 2
Less population density 2 1
Public water and sewer 2 1
Limit light pollution 1 1
Maintain small community feeling 4 1
No "big box" commercial development 2 1
Mobile home standards 1 1
Adequate building setbacks 1 1
Control traffic 3 1
New community facility (auditorium) 5 1
Senior citizen activities 1 0
Urban service boundaries 1 0
Retirement community 1 0
Buried utilities 1 0
Limited access roads 1 0
Mass transit 2 1
No metal buildings / architectural standards 1 0
TOTALS 397
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