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FEBRUARY 15, 2016
AGENDA
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, February 15, 2016, 7 p.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

3. Invocation

4. Approval of the Minutes from the Board’s Regular and Closed Session Meetings of February 1, 2016

5. Recognition of Special Guests

6. Public Comments

7. Public Hearings:

a. Rezoning Request – Tara Fox – Approx. 3.87 acres from PD Planned Development to R-20 Residential District. Presented by Planner Chris Timberlake.

 

b. Rezoning Request – Catawba Management LLC – 3.55 acres from R-30 Residential to General Industrial (GI) District. Presented by Planner Chris Timberlake.


8. Appointments

9. Departmental Reports

A. Tax


Delinquent 2015 Real Estate Property Tax. Presented by Tax Collector Lori Mathes.

 

B. Planning and Parks/Western Piedmont Council of Governments

 

Resolution for Adoption of the Western Piedmont Bicycle Plan. Presented by John Marshall, Director of Planning and Transportation and Todd Stroupe, GIS Technician, Western Piedmont Council of Governments.

 

10. Other Items of Business

11. Attorneys’ Report

12. Manager’s Report

13. Adjournment

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 828-465-8990 within a reasonable time prior to the meeting. Access to the 1924 Courthouse for individuals with disabilities is at the south side (“A” Street). The elevator is located at the north end of the building. Participation in public meetings is without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, color, or disability.

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CALENDAR: The March Board of Commissioners Meetings will take place on Monday, March 7, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. and on Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. in the Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse, 30 North College Avenue, Newton.


PREVIEW OF COUNTY COMMISSION AGENDA
MONDAY
, FEBRUARY 15, 2016, 7 P.M.
ROBERT E. HIBBITTS MEETING ROOM
1924 COURTHOUSE, NEWTON, N.C.

 

 

 

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on 1) a request to rezone two parcels at 3040 and 3062 Keller Street in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District from R-30 Residential to G-I General Industrial and 2) a request to rezone 3.87 acres located on Charlotte Street in Conover in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District from PD-Planned Development to R-20 Residential, when the Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.  

 

The Board will also consider adopting a 2016 regional bike plan for the four-county area of Catawba, Alexander, Burke and Caldwell Counties, which will offer a framework for development of bike facilities, programs and policies that will support safe and efficient bicycling within the region.  And the Board will consider authorizing the County Tax Collector to officially advertise delinquent 2015 tax liens as prescribed by North Carolina General Statutes.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

A.  The Board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments and consider an application to rezone approximately 3.87 acres located on Charlotte Street in Conover in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District from PD Planned Development to R-20 Residential District. The current PD Planned Development district requires a minimum lot size of 80,000 square feet (2 acres) and is considered a high intensity “special use” district. Predominant uses in this district include multifamily residential, large scale non-residential, high density subdivisions, and mixed use housing types. The R-20 residential district requires a minimum lot size of 20,000 square feet (1/2 acre) and is considered a “general use” district. The district provides for single-family residential and agriculture.

 

The property to be rezoned is vacant. Properties to the north, south, east and west are all zoned R-20 Residential, and contain stick-built single-family homes, a single family modular home, a doublewide manufactured home and a vacant parcel.

 

In 1985, applicant David T. Fredell petitioned to have the subject parcel rezoned from R-2 (medium density residential) to Group Development in order to accommodate 28 apartment (multi-family) home units.  The Catawba County Planning Board considered the request at its October 28, 1985 meeting.  The Board of Commissioners approved this rezoning request on January 20, 1986.  The subject property, along with properties located on Charlotte Street, is not located within a zoning overlay.  Residential development standards (e.g. setbacks, building height) within the Unified Development Ordinance will regulate development of the property if it is rezoned to R-20 Residential.

 

Public water and sewer are not currently available to the site; however, water lines have been extended approximately 215 feet north of the subject parcel. Charlotte Street is considered a local residential street and is State-maintained from its intersection with Springs Road to its intersection with Thomasville Road, but is not State-maintained south of its intersection with Thomasville Road. There are no recommended improvements for Charlotte Street in the 2035 Greater Hickory Urban Area Long Range Transportation Plan.  No traffic counts were available for Charlotte Street.  Rezoning the property from PD to R-20 residential would reduce the opportunity for increased traffic on the roadway.

 

The St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Plan, accepted on April 21, 2003, serves as the current land use plan for this area.  Future Land Use Recommendations depict the property as being located in an area recommended to remain residential.  Proposed Density Districts would leave the area as High Density Residential (1/2 acre lots). The Planned Development district exceeds the density recommendations for residential area recognized in the Plan.

                           

Staff recommends the 3.87 acres owned by John Chrisley Fox, Jr. be rezoned from PD Planned Development to R-20 Residential District based upon the property’s proximity to other R-20 Residential properties located along Charlotte Street and the request being consistent with the accepted St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Plan, future land use recommendations.

 

The Planning Board held a public hearing on January 25, 2016, to consider the request. No one spoke in favor of or in opposition to the request. The Board shared no comments or concerns about the request. The Planning Board voted 8-0 to recommend to the Board of Commissioners that this property be rezoned from PD Planned Development to R-20 Residential District based upon the reasons stated above for staff’s recommendation.

 

B. The Board will hold a public hearing to receive citizen comments and consider an application to rezone two parcels totaling 3.55 acres at 3040 and 3062 Keller Street in the St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Planning District from R-30 Residential to General Industrial (GI) district. The R-30 Residential District is a medium-density district allowing one home per 30,000 square feet (approximately 3/4 acre). General uses of the R-30 Residential district include single family housing and agricultural production. The GI district provides for intensive manufacturing, processing, and assembly uses.

 

The subject parcels are within the WS-IV Watershed Protected Area established to offer protection of surface water from pollutants. This Protected Area allows 36% built upon area if a curb and gutter system is not constructed. Both parcels are located within the Doublewide Manufactured Home-Overlay district which allows for manufactured housing. The parcels are zoned R-30 Residential and there is a single-wide manufactured home located on each parcel. A parcel to the west is also zoned R-30 Residential and contains an older single-wide manufactured home, which appears to be unoccupied.  A parcel to the south is zoned M-1 (Industrial) by the City of Claremont and is the location of Cargo Transporters.  Parcels to the north and east are zoned GI General Industrial and contain an unoccupied single-family home, and are undeveloped, respectively.

 

A public sewer line and sewer pump station exists near Mull Creek to the east of the properties. Public water exists along North Oxford Street, which is designated as a minor thoroughfare in the 2035 Greater Hickory Urban Area Transportation Plan. It extends from US 70 in Claremont to Rock Barn Road. No road improvements are recommended for the road north of I-40. Traffic counts taken in 2011 on North Oxford Street just south of Keller Street measured 4,400. Based on design and construction, the road should handle at least 8,000 cars per day without any loss to traffic service. Development of the property should not overburden the existing roadway. Keller Street is a local residential gravel road. If the rezoning is approved, Keller Street would not be used to access nonresidential development.

 

The St. Stephens/Oxford Small Area Plan, adopted on April 21, 2003, serves as the current land use plan for this area.  Future Land Use Recommendations do not depict the properties being located in an area for future industrial use. The properties are, however, directly adjacent to and bordered on three sides by property zoned for General Industrial use as well as property zoned M-1 (industrial, manufacturing, and warehousing district) within Claremont’s planning and zoning jurisdiction.

                           

Staff recommends the two parcels totaling 3.55 acres be rezoned from R-30 Residential to GI General Industrial based upon the request being in harmony with the existing adjacent industrial land use and the property being in close proximity to Interstate 40, a major transportation facility. The Planning Board held a public hearing on January 25, 2016, to consider the request. No one spoke in favor of or in opposition to the request. The Planning Board had no comments and shared no concerns with respect to the request. The Planning Board voted 8-0 to submit a favorable recommendation to the Board of Commissioners to rezone the two parcels totaling 3.55 acres from R-30 Residential to General Industrial (GI) based upon the reasons stated above for staff’s recommendation.

 

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

 

TAX

In accordance with North Carolina General Statutes, the Board will consider accepting a report from the Catawba County Tax Collector setting forth the total amount of unpaid taxes for the current year and consider adopting a resolution ordering the Tax Collector to advertise the delinquent tax liens as prescribed by the Statutes.  As of January 31, 2016, delinquent real property taxes in Catawba County totaled $4,498,664, which represents 6.30% of the 2015 real property levy.

 

PLANNING AND PARKS/WESTERN PIEDMONT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

The Board will consider the adoption of the Western Piedmont Bicycle Plan. The Western Piedmont Council of Governments received a planning grant in 2013 from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to prepare a regional bike plan for the four-county region of Catawba, Alexander, Burke, and Caldwell Counties. The purpose of the bicycle plan is to offer a framework for development of bike facilities, programs, and policies that will support safe and efficient bicycling within the region. The goal of the Plan focuses on safety and engineering, transportation, recreation, health and education, and economic vitality.

 

Through the planning process sixteen bicycle routes were identified in Catawba County. Five are recognized as high priority, five are medium priority, and six are low priority. Recommendations for each of the routes vary from adding signage identifying it as a bicycle route, widening road shoulders, striping bike lanes, or recognizing lanes as sharrows (widened lanes shared by both vehicles and bicycles).  

 

Todd Stroupe with the Western Piedmont Council of Government presented the Western Piedmont Bike Plan to the Planning Board on January 25, 2016. One board member asked if the identified routes currently provided enough right-of-way for improvements. Overall, the Planning Board felt bicycle safety was a concern, especially on rural roads, and the plan is a good start toward improving bicycle transportation and safety. ­The Planning Board voted 8 – 0 to favorably recommend that the Board of Commissioners adopt the resolution supporting the Western Piedmont Bicycle Plan.

 

CONTACT: DAVE HARDIN, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 465-8464