DISCUSSION (Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.)
Lake Forest Davidson Conditional Planning Area Update
Planner Lindsay Laird and Planning Director Jason Burdette reviewed the Lake Forest Davidson proposed Conditional Planning Area Map Amendment. The proposal seeks to allow for a 3-story commercial building fronting South Main Street and a 2-story church facility toward the rear of the property. The proposed plan also preserves the existing single-family home located at 496 South Main Street for church offices. The board provided feedback on the staff recommended conditions for the project. A public input session will be held on February 18 and the proposal will be reviewed by the Planning Board on February 24 for additional feedback.
Mobility Plan Recommendations
Project Manager Doug Wright and Planning Director Jason Burdette presented recommendations from the Livability Board and Planning Board on project prioritization from the Davidson Mobility Plan. This recommended project list is an input for the board of commissioner’s capital planning as part of the FY2021 budget process, which will also include the prioritization of projects that can be funded with the 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bonds.
Draft Resolution for NCDOT Highway 73 Widening Project
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has proposed to widen the 14 mile stretch of N.C. Highway 73 from two to four lanes between N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) and U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties. Planning, design and construction for the improvements will be completed as two separate projects, R-2632AB and R-5706.
R-2632AB involves widening N.C. 73 (Sam Furr Road) from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) to Davidson-Concord Road. R-5706 involves widening N.C.73 from Davidson-Concord Road to U.S. 29 in Cabarrus County. Both projects would also include providing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations using a combination of multi-use paths, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes.
By creating and approving the resolution, the town board is able to submit requested changes or improvements to the project to NCDOT for consideration. The board will consider approval of the final resolution at the February 25 meeting.
Draft Boundary Agreement with Mooresville and Proposed Charlotte Water Line Project
Boundary agreements, or similarly annexation agreements, are common growth management and growth control tools for communities to use for planning purposes. The Town of Davidson has a boundary agreement with Charlotte, Cornelius, and Huntersville on the south side of the town’s jurisdiction and on the east side with Kannapolis. The town does not have a boundary agreement to the north where the jurisdictions of Mooresville and Iredell County meet Davidson. The benefits of these planning efforts are to manage and control development in our area, to decide on a future growth boundary now to prevent issues down the road, preserve economic development opportunities for the future, and provide improved fire protection for the Davidson Pointe neighborhood which impacts the overall Fire Department rating.
As a part of these discussions, water and sewer utility service planning was taken into account as it relates to future growth areas. That water and sewer service consideration provided input to help develop the proposed boundary line. The effect of this proposed boundary line is that a line would be established where both Mooresville and Davidson could plan for and grow to in the future and not encroach into one another’s future growth areas.
Charlotte Water, the utility that provides public water and sewer services to properties within the city limits of Davidson per the 1984 agreement between the City of Charlotte and the Town of Davidson, indicated they are proposing a water line extension project. There are two aspects of the project; the first is the replacement of the existing water line in town to improve the current system within the city limits and secondly, building upon that upgrade is the ability to extend a water line north from the city limit line to the Davidson Pointe neighborhood, which is in the Davidson city limits (in Iredell County) but does not currently have water service provided by Charlotte Water.
The board will be asked to consider approval of the proposed boundary agreement document by both towns at a later date as well as approve the water line extension. The properties identified in Iredell County that would become a part of Davidson in the future have been identified and, working in conjunction with Iredell County, staff will meet with those property owners in February to discuss the details. Charlotte Water will also conduct meetings about the project and with potential customers.