Racial Equity and Police Community Engagement Update
Assistant Town Manager Karen Whichard and Police Chief Penny Dunn presented an update on police community engagement around 8 Can’t Wait and 21st Century Taskforce on Community Policing, the status of the hiring for the Director of Housing & Equity, and equity training for staff and board members.
Chief Dunn will host a virtual “no agenda” community meeting on Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Interested residents can participate in several ways:
- Register at: https://tinyurl.com/DavidsonPDConversation092020
- Join the meeting via dialing in by phone: 301-715-8592 - Webinar ID: 865 9628 4597
- Text questions to: 704-251-9441
The opportunity to engage with the Davidson Police Department typically happens throughout the year at various events such as Town Day, Custard with a Cop and National Night Out. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, none of these in-person events occurred this year. Chief Dunn hopes that this meeting, even though virtual, will provide an opportunity to hear from the community and get the feedback necessary to improve relationships and performance. The department will provide a real-time Spanish-language interpreter for this meeting.
Targeted Conditional Public Input Session Update
Planning Director Jason Burdette provided an overview of the feedback received at the August 27 virtual Public Input Session on the proposed Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) text amendments associated with the targeted conditional zoning (TCZ) growth management tool. Additional information is available on the town’s website under the Text Amendments tab: http://townofdavidson.org/1044/Map-Text-Amendments
The board directed staff to enlist a Planning Board subcommittee to study the broader growth management effort options, growth tiers framework, and continue to explore a targeted conditional option.
Another virtual Public Input Session will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. To participate in the meeting, please use the link: https://tinyurl.com/DavidsonPublicInput9152020 to register or join by phone at (646) 558-8656 - Webinar ID: 850 2683 1157.
If you choose, you may also text questions during the Public Input Session to 704-251-9441. Lastly, you may also submit comments via email to email@example.com (please include “Targeted Conditional” in the subject line).
NCDOT Municipal Agreement for Project U-5907- Potts-Sloan-Beaty
Project Manager Doug Wright provided an update on Municipal Agreement and Bonus Allocation (BA) funds for the Potts-Sloan-Beaty project. The project costs estimates increased, so the town was able to secure additional STIP funds up to a total of $6,150,000.00. The NCDOT requires a Municipal Agreement for 2 major reasons so the project can move forward. First, the town would be responsible for any costs over $6,150,000, which is standard for NCDOT agreements. The town is anticipating a projected shortfall of $700,000 - $1,000,000. Second, as an administrative procedure, maintenance of Potts Street, Sloan Street, and Beaty Street were transferred to the NCDOT. This agreement requires that the town accept these streets back into our system when the project is complete. The board will consider approval of the municipal agreement at the September 22 meeting. NCDOT plans to begin construction in 2022. Click here to learn more about the project.
CRTPO Grant Funding Projects
Senior Planner Andrew Ventresca gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) grants available to local governments for transportation-related projects. There is approximately $8.1 million available in Surface Transportation Block Grant – Direct Attributable (STBG-DA) funds which typically include an 80% grant with a 20% local match. This source of funding is one of the primary grant options for Davidson for transportation projects. These funds are available for projects in all jurisdictions throughout the CRTPO region but will not be available to spend until FY2025. Their next grant cycle for discretionary grant funding began in August 2020 and closes in October 2020. The board directed staff to proceed with making applications for the Potts-Sloan-Beaty Project Funding Shortfall, as noted above, and the Potts-Sloan-Beaty Phase 2 Beaty Street Sidepath. Grant awards are expected to be made in early 2021.
Approval of Ordinance 2020-04 to Extend the Corporate Limits of the Town of Davidson to include Davidson Farms and Ordinance 2020-05 to include Kistler Farm Road
The board of commissioners approved a voluntary contiguous annexation petition to extend the corporate limits of the Town of Davidson to include Davidson Farms, Parcel ID 00725116 and 00725120, and Kistler Farm Road.
Approval of Ordinance 2020-06 to Extend the Corporate Limits of the Town of Davidson to include Mayes Hall
The board of commissioners approved a voluntary contiguous annexation petition to extend the corporate limits of the Town of Davidson to include Mayes Hall, Parcel ID 00716206, 00716207, and 00716286.
Historic Preservation Plan Discussion
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.
The top strategy includes developing a historic preservation plan. The town has been pursuing a grant to begin the process of developing a plan but were unsuccessful. Staff presented options for the board to consider for next steps in achieving this strategy. The board will continue the discussion at the September 22 meeting.