St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning Committee Meeting
June 12, 2002 

Members present:  Mike Williams, Todd Miller, Anne Barrier (Chairperson and Planning Board liaison), Ira Cline, Cliff Isaac, Jeff Kerley and John Robinson.

Members absent: Mack Stafford, John Cline and Larry Brittain.

Staff present: John Witherspoon, Interim Director from Benchmark Consulting, Mary George and Richard Smith from the Catawba County Planning and Community Development Department and Anthony Starr from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG).

Mrs. Barrier called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.  The minutes from the May 8, 2002 meeting were approved as submitted.

Mr. Starr handed out copies of a letter submitted by Mr. Brittain regarding the recommended zoning along Shell Hollar Road and Mrs. Barrier gave the group time to review his comments.  Mr. Starr reviewed the percentages that the changes proposed by Mr. Brittain would entail.  Mrs. Barrier asked the group what action they wanted to take regarding Mr. Brittain’s comments.  The group was concerned about the “island” of R-2 zoning that rezoning the area along Shell Hollar to R-1 would create.  Mr. Kerley made a motion to recommend the rezoning of the area along Shell Hollar Road to R-1 at the depth of the existing tracts and the remainder would be recommended for a
R-3 zoning which would allow doublewides but not singlewides.  The group agreed to this change.

Mr. Cline made a motion to recommend the rezoning of the area near the intersection of C & B Farm Road and Lee Cline Road to R-1 like the group had recommended for the majority of this area.  The group was in agreement that this change should be made.

Next, Mr. Starr reviewed the plan with the committee.  Mrs. George asked the group to clarify their density and open space recommendations and the group explained that they felt that their open space requirements were set at this amount because they wanted to encourage higher density.  Mr. Starr continued reviewing the Transportation portion of the plan and the intersection improvements at the intersection of Highway 16 and C & B Farm Rd were briefly discussed.

Mr. Starr continued the review of the plan and the group decided to add wording under the Community Facilities and Public Services section to include encouraging the school system to consider existing housing densities when deciding on future school sites. 

After the plan was completely reviewed, Mrs. Barrier asked the group to set a tentative meeting date for the community meeting.  The group decided on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Lyle Creek Elementary School as the community meeting date.  Mrs. George encouraged the group to actively invite members of this community to the meeting, especially because of the low turnout at this group’s first community meeting. 

Mrs. Barrier adjourned the meeting at 8:33 pm.