Davidson Board of Commissioners Virtual
Work Session Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners will hold a virtual works session on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm through the Zoom virtual platform and streamed live on YouTube. The meeting is agenda online - http://townofdavidson.org/73/Meeting-Agendas-Minutes
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
I. CALL TO ORDER
a. Roll Call – Mayor Knox will confirm each member of the board is present.
II. PROCLAMATIONFor more information, please contact Town Clerk Betsy Shores at email@example.com or 704-940-9614.
a. 80th Anniversary of Atrium Health
b. Red Ribbon Week
III. CHANGES TO THE AGENDA
IV. TOWN OF DAVIDSON COVID-19 RESPONSE
Summary: Harold Rice, Director of the Ada Jenkins Center, will join the meeting and provide an overview of their COVID-19 efforts.
V. DISCUSSION - Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.
a. Discuss NCDOT Highway 73 Project Update
Jamie Justice, Town Manager
Summary: The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is planning to widen NC Highway 73 in two separate projects that impact the Davidson jurisdiction. The two projects are R-2632AB (from NC Highway 115 in Huntersville to Davidson-Concord Road) and R5706 (from Davidson-Concord Road to US 29 in Concord). The two projects are on hold and the schedule has tentatively been pushed out several years. After NCDOT released their most recent plans, the Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2020-05 requesting the North Carolina Department of Transportation consider improvements/changes to the projects. NCDOT responded in May 2020 to the resolution. Both documents are attached to this agenda item. After receiving the response, the board of commissioners requested to invite the NCDOT to a board meeting to further discuss the projects. This item is for discussion only.
b. Racial Equity Update
Karen Whichard, Assistant Town Manager
Summary: At the meeting, staff will provide an update on the work the town board directed staff to begin at their June 9 meeting. The update will include results and feedback from Police Chief Penny Dunn's virtual community forum on policing data and policies, an update on the community racial equity training being held in collaboration with Davidson College, an update on the historical recognition and story-telling project, an update on staff and advisory board racial equity training, and information about a new public art project that will recognize themes of equity, justice and inclusion.
c. Grey Road Sidewalk
Doug Wright, Project Manager
Summary: The Grey Rd sidewalk project design was started in late 2017. Design was completed, and property required for the project was acquired. Bids for the sidewalk came in at $1M - $1.5M, above the $500,000 budget. The project has been re-designed to reduce costs, but we have not been able to acquire property required for the re-design. We have done a re-design #2, with an estimate of $516,000 to construct this sidewalk section. Staff will discuss the redesign #2 option and are looking for board consensus to proceed with that option.
d. Text Amendments for Section 14.18, “Appeals and Variances” – Chapter 160D
David Cole, Planning Technician
Summary: In 2019, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a complete reorganization of the state’s planning and development regulations creating a new statute chapter “160D.” The purpose of the new Chapter 160D is to consolidate county and city regulations into one unified chapter and to reorganize development regulation statutes into a more logical, coherent structure. Towns must make ordinance changes to align with the provisions in G.S. 160D by July 1, 2021. Among the regulatory changes under the new chapter 160D, the section regulating appeals and variances has been relocated from chapter 160A-388 to chapter 160D-705. Additionally, the section regulating quasi-judicial procedures, of which appeals and variances must conform to, has been drawn out of the appeals & variance section, and placed in chapter 160D-406.
These proposed text amendments will align Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) Section 14.18, “Appeals and Variances,” with 160D-705 and 160D-406. These changes primarily consist of replacing references to the old legislation with the references to the new legislation, and removing all language that is in conflict with state statute.
This is the first of several rounds of text amendments designed to bring the DPO into alignment with chapter 160D. These changes to Section 14.18 are proposed first, to ensure the continued right of Davidson property owners to apply for appeals and variances under valid state statute. This item is for discussion only.
e. Review Upcoming Agenda Items
Jamie Justice, Town Manager
Summary: The Town Manager will review upcoming agenda items.
VI. SUMMARIZE MEETING ACTION ITEMS - Town Manager will summarize items where the board has requested action items for staff.
VII. CLOSED SESSION
a. NCGS 143-318.11. (a) (6) - Personnel
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