SHERRILLS FORD SMALL AREA PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING - 
November 15, 2001 

Members present: Ed Nolley (Chairman), Cathy Weaver, Jerry Beatty, Helen Sides and Ed Neill.

Members absent: Mark Sigmon, Paul Beatty (Planning Board liaison), Doug Howard, David Stewart, Glenn Hunsucker, Clyde Sigmon, Bryan Harvey and Keith Gabriel.

Staff present: Mary George and Richard Smith from the Catawba County Planning and Community Development Department.  

Mr. Nolley called the meeting to order at 7:14 p.m. and the minutes from the last meeting were approved.

Mr. Nolley raised the question about some of the areas that had been identified for continuing to allow singlewide manufactured homes.  Mr. Nolley was concerned that some of the areas might be primarily minority areas and he said that he wanted the plan to be balanced to take this in to consideration.

Mr. Nolley asked Mrs. George about the outcome of the R-1 changes that are being recommended for the Mountain View area and she told him that their was no major objections to these changes at the recent community meeting.  She emphasized, however, that the Mountain View area has some significant different characteristics from the Sherrills Ford area.

Mr. Nolley said that probably the best solution to get good feedback from all groups living in this area is to encourage those groups to attend the community meeting when it is held.

The group continued to review the R-1 rezoning map for any final changes that they might want to make.  The group discussed the idea to include as part of their recommendations that any singlewides that are located in areas that are zoned R-1 would have to be replaced with doublewides when and if they were removed.  

Mr. Nolley asked the group for other map discussions.  Mr. Neill said that he was not certain about the replacement requirement for mobile homes.  He said that he thought that it seemed like an infringement because an elderly couple may not be able to replace their singlewide with a doublewide.  The group decided not to incorporate this requirement into their plan.  Two minor changes were made to the map: one to add another R-2 area and the other to change a non-developed industrial area on Hudson-Chapel Road to residential.

Next Mrs. George reviewed the housing recommendations that the group had discussed.  Mr. Neill said that he thought that the Highway 16/Hwy 150 regional commercial area and village area should include multi-family housing like the Hwy. 150 corridor.  Mr. Nolley asked about affordable housing for this area and how it could be addressed in this plan for this area.  Mrs. George said that affordable housing was a difficult topic to come up with a solution for.  Mr. Neill said that it would take smaller lots to attract affordable housing.  Mr. Nolley said that he would like to include something about affordable housing in the plan recommendations.  Ms. George noted that multi-family, such as patio and town homes could constitute affordable housing for their area.  The Committee agreed with this suggestion.

The discussion of public utilities was the next topic that the group reviewed for their final recommendations.  Mrs. George asked if there were any changes that the group would make in this area.  Mr. Nolley said that he would like to add some type of statement about parks and recreation.  Mrs. Weaver said that she would like to include in this plan some type of area set aside for wildlife preservation.  

The group discussed the area near the “wall” in Lake Norman for Marshall Steam Station.  Other Duke Power tracts, such as the gamelands, were identified for possible consideration for recreation areas.  They decided that tracts abutting the schools should be targeted for possible park areas because the schools could use them in the future if they needed to expand.  Another recommendation was to encourage developers to provide for recreational opportunities for younger children and older adults in the village area.

Mrs. George asked for any other recommendations.  She said that the group did not say much about the water and sewer issue.  The group said that they thought that the possibility of providing sewer for this area should be promoted in their plan.  Mr. Beatty said that the key issue with sewer is that it should be provided on a regional basis.  He said that with the Lincoln County sewer line being so close to the intersection of Highways 150 and 16, it should be pursued for providing for this area.  Mr. Nolley said that he thought that this plan should say that the group recognizes the need for sewer in this area.  They recommended pursuing this from a regional approach, including considering Mooresville as another possible provider.  The Committee also noted that to accommodate other smaller scale development that alternative disposal methods which don’t discharge should be considered.

Mr. Nolley asked for any other comments for public utilities.  Mrs. George added a few items that the group had touched on previously, including the recommendation of the construction of a new branch library and coordination with the school planners for new school sites.  

Mr. Smith reviewed the Cultural Resources and asked the group for their recommendations in this area.  He told the group that the village concept seems to be moving in the right direction because a couple of developers had indicated that they liked this idea for this area.  Motts Grove campground and the Gold Mine were also identified as potential Federal Register Historical sites.  Mr. Nolley added that he would like to see the Terrell area protected in regards to the Highway 150 corridor.  The Committee also wanted to see the new village area at Terrell be compatible with the historical architecture of the area.  Mrs. George asked about other historic structures and said that staff would have to check with and see if there were others in this area that were considered historic.

Mr. Beatty asked about possible buffering requirements around cemeteries.  Mr. Neill asked if he meant to the structure and Mr. Beatty said that he did.  He said that he thought that there should be at least a 50-foot buffer around cemeteries.   The Committee agreed with this idea.

Next the group discussed economic development for the area.  Mr. Nolley said that he thought that this was really already addressed with the map that the group had worked on.  He said that he thought that heavy industrial in this area should be limited.  The group decided to include the policy of the EDC, which is to promote clean industrial uses.  Also included would be the recommendation that major commercial areas should be limited to the Hwy. 150/16 intersection with minor commercial at the Terrell village area.

Mr. Nolley asked the group for further comments.  Mr. Neill recommended that staff get with Mr. Paul Beatty about the historical topics.

The next meeting date is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, 2002.

Mr. Nolley adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.