October 30 , 2002
Members absent: Mack Stafford.
Staff present: Mary George and Jacky Eubanks from the Catawba County Planning and Community Development Department, Anthony Starr from the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG) and Chris Niver, City of Conover.
Mrs. Barrier called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The minutes from the June 12, 2002 meeting were approved as submitted.
The committee began reviewing comments they received from their community review of the draft plan held on September 17, 2002. The first issue was a letter received from Judd Wike requesting that the I-40/Oxford School Road interchange remain residential. The committee discussed the information presented and determined that this would allow an option in the future to develop this interchange as commercial or industrial property which would be the highest and best use. They agreed to keep the interchange as noted in the plan.
The committee determined that another comment received at the community meeting regarding the commercial corridor along Springs Road was addressed in the plan since the recommendation was to allow commercial uses along a stretch of Springs Road.
Another comment received at the community meeting about replacement of manufactured homes in the area proposed to be rezoned R-1 was discussed in detail. The plan currently recommends that non-conforming mobile homes in the R-1 zoned areas be replaced with doublewide homes only. A citizen who has a mobile home subdivision where he rents the lots (grandfathered situation) had concerns that he couldn’t fit doublewides in with his existing pads and hook-ups. After reviewing an aerial photograph and seeing the locations and sizes of the pads, the committee agreed to keep the recommendation as presented in the plan. They felt that by requiring the homes to be doublewides this would provide an upgrade for the neighborhood. Also they believed since there was a small number of lots, this would not put the gentleman out of business.
Mr. Eubanks asked the committee to consider higher density growth corridors where waterlines were located in their area, such as Oxford School Road and Hwy. 16. The committee stated that they believed that all aspects needed to be taken into account such as roads, sewer etc. A motion was made by John Cline and seconded by Larry Brittain to approve and recommend the plan as written. The motion carried unanimously.
The committee was informed that the next step would be a review of the plan by the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners. Due to two new commissioners being seated in December, they were told that this would take place beginning in January 2003.
Being no further business, the committee adjourned at 8:30 p.m.