Providing ample opportunity for the public to engage and participate in the decision-making process by the town board during the pandemic is a top priority. In order to ensure public participation, the following options prior to town board meetings will be available for public comment.
• Email: The public will be allowed to comment by sending written comments to email@example.com of no more than 400 words via email that will then be read aloud at the meeting if the email is submitted by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Per NCGS§166A-19.24 the deadline to submit by email is 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
• Phone: The public will be allowed to participate in the public hearing by verbal comment by calling 704-940-9614 and leaving a voicemail message. These messages will be played during the public hearing period, but will be limited to three minutes. The deadline to submit by phone is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
a. Changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance (Section 14.18, “Appeals and Variances”)
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.” All towns in the state have until July 1, 2021 to make the necessary changes to their planning ordinances. This is a virtual public hearing. Staff will present the proposed text amendments. This is the first of several rounds of changes that will bring the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) in alignment with General Statute 160D.
The public will have an opportunity to provide input as noted above. The board of commissioners will not be taking any action during the meeting.
VII. PUBLIC COMMENTS - The Board shall provide at least one period for public comment per month at a regular meeting.
Providing ample opportunity for the public to engage and participate in the decision-making process by the town board during the pandemic is a top priority. In order to ensure public participation, the following options prior to town board meetings will be available for public comment. These options were developed to allow different technologies to be used ensuring equitable and robust comment opportunities:
• Email: The public will be allowed to comment by sending written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org of no more than 400 words via email that will then be read aloud at the meeting. In keeping with the board’s current procedures, only one (1) three-minute of verbal reading will be allowed per email. The deadline to submit by email is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27.
• Phone: The public will be able to call (704)940-9614 and leave a voicemail message in order to provide public comment. These messages will be played during public comment periods, but will be limited to three minutes. The deadline to submit by phone is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27.
• Speak Up Online Platform: Prior to each meeting, the town will post a question online via Speak Up (https://townofdavidson.granicusideas.com/discussions/) that will allow the public to comment via this method. The comments will be read aloud at the meeting, but limited to three minutes. The deadline to submit by Speak Up is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27.
• Social Media: Prior to each meeting, a social media post will solicit any public comment for the upcoming meeting. These comments will be read aloud at the meeting, but limited to three minutes. The deadline to submit by social media is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 27.
Note: If the same comment is made via multiple methods, only one will be used in the meeting with the voicemail taking first priority. Public comment must be submitted by
5:00 p.m. the day of the virtual meeting.
VIII. CONSENT - Consent items are typically non-controversial and routine items. Prior to the board's adoption of the meeting agenda the request of any member to have an item moved from the consent agenda to old business must be honored by the board. All items on the consent agenda must be voted on and adopted by a single motion.
a. Consider Approval of Draft September Meeting Minutes
Summary: Draft Meeting Minutes from the September 8 virtual work session and September 22 virtual regular meeting.
b. Consider Approval of Budget Amendment 2021-04 funding for Historic
Summary: The Comprehensive Plan speaks to a preserved historic fabric. One of the 2020-2021 Strategic Plan goals is Historic Preservation: Preserve our historic properties that contribute to our vibrant and unique community and honor the history of the lived experiences of our residents. A top strategy includes developing a historic preservation plan. At the September 22 meeting, the board directed staff to proceed with $60,000 from fund balance for the Historic Preservation Plan.
c. Consider Approval of Budget Amendment 2021-05 for Downtown Gathering Space
Summary: The board is asked to consider approval of budget amendment 2021-05 in the amount of $330,000 from unassigned fund balance to complete the Downtown Gathering Space project.
d. Consider Approval of Budget Amendment 2021-06 for Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) Pedestrian Safety Project
Summary: The board is asked to consider approval of budget amendment 2021-06 in the amount of $200,000 from unassigned fund balance to fund the expenditures related to the installation of pedestrian safety signals (RRFBs) at six intersections in town. Three of the intersections are on state-maintained roads, and 3 of the intersections are on town-maintained roads:
State-maintained - Concord Road at Thompson Street, Concord Road at Faculty Drive, and South Main Street at Walnut Street
Town-maintained - Griffith Street at Jackson Street, Griffith Street at Watson Street, and Beaty Street at Delburg Street
e. Consider Approval of Resolution 2020-17 Accepting the streets in Summers Walk
Summary: The following streets in Summers Walk – Summers Walk Boulevard, Rose Glen Lane, Nancy Jean Drive, Sarah Louise Drive, Brynleigh Way, Hayes Way, Sharon Dale Drive, Mary Kathryn Drive, Hope Meredith Drive, Bradford Walk Lane, Hettie Hollow Court, Helen Benson Boulevard, Silas Place Drive, James Ervin Way, Kiser Corner Lane, Leavitt Lane, Viola Forest Lane, Lois Glenn Lane, Landen Forest Lane, Justin Michael Place, Elizabeth Dare Drive, and Carley Commons Lane have been constructed as a public roadways in accordance with Town of Davidson standards and the applicant has requested the town undertake the responsibility to maintain such public roadways.
f. Consider Approval of Arts & Science Council North & West Advisory Council Appointment
Summary: The Arts & Science (ASC) seeks two Davidson citizens for its advisory council to represent the north/west region of Mecklenburg County. The appointment is for two (2) years ending June 30, 2020. Jacqueline Dienemann, appointed in 2018, will serve another term and the board is asked to consider appointment of Christin Reische.
g. Consider Approval of Amendment to Design Review Board and Historic Preservation Commission bylaws
Summary: The Design Review Board and Historic Preservation Commission reviewed their Rules of Procedure, and made updates to include membership term limits per board of commissioners’ changes.
h. Consider Approval of donation of Historic Fire Truck
Summary: The Davidson Fire Department has received an anonymous donation to return a previously owned Davidson Fire Department 1950’ Seagrove Ladder Truck to the town for historic preservation purposes. Per state law, the town board is asked to consider acceptance of the donation.
IX. OLD BUSINESS
a. Consider Approval of Davidson Cottages Conditional Planning Area
Trey Akers, Senior Planner
Ellen Donaldson, Planning Board Member
Summary: The applicant requests a Conditional Master Plan Amendment to develop a residential community of 30 single-family homes and two duplexes (totaling 34 units) on 3.135 acres, along with public open space including a park, seating areas, and walking paths. The plans include provision of four on-site affordable housing units. Having held a Public Hearing in August- September, commissioners may make a decision to approve/disapprove the plan.