Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: November 12, 2019

All supporting documents for the November 12, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here under Available Archives:

If you are interested in watching the video of the meeting, find the date of the meeting and click on Video:

To watch a specific item, click on the item in the agenda box under the video.  


No Solicitation Ordinance
The Town of Davidson received several reports from residents of two individuals allegedly from AT&T approaching houses in town attempting to solicit business. The two were wearing AT&T branded attire and incorrectly claimed that residents would need to get a new cable and internet provider since Continuum was going out of business. 
The information these solicitors shared with residents about Continuum going out of business is incorrect. In last week’s election, voters in Davidson and Mooresville approved the sale of Continuum to TDS Broadband LLC. After the closing of the sale at the end of 2019 or early 2020, TDS will continue to offer cable, internet and voice service to the region.

As a reminder, the Town of Davidson has a no-solicitation ordinance that bans this kind of practice at residences. Any resident who receives a visit from solicitors is encouraged to remind these individuals of the regulations in town and report the incident to the Town of Davidson Police Department by calling 704-892-5131 or by simply calling 9-1-1.

Mecklenburg County Seeks Input on Community Development Block Grant Priorities
Mecklenburg County is developing the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan that will inform Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program investments for the next five years. We invite local residents to provide your input on the community development needs for your neighborhoods.  There will be a meeting at the Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble Street, on Monday, November 18 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Your participation will help Mecklenburg County set CDBG priorities around housing, public improvements, economic development, and other essential services.  

Davidson Farms Master Plan Public Input Session
The project team for the proposed Davidson Farms Master Plan will host a public input session on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to review the master plan and solicit feedback. An overview presentation by the project team will occur at 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., with time allotted for questions and viewing the plans in an open house format after each event. Staff will also be present to answer questions. Click here for additional information concerning the proposal and the updated plans. 

Jack Burney Award

Jack Burney Community Service Award Ceremony

Please join us for the 2019 Jack Burney Community Service Award ceremony on Wednesday, November 27 at 10:00 a.m. in the Town Hall Board Room as we honor this year’s recipients, Missy and John Kuykendall.  More information at http://townofdavidson.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1450

Town of Davidson Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
As a reminder, Town of Davidson offices are closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Small Business Saturday, November 30
We encourage residents to get out and shop local on Saturday, November 30 for Small Business Saturday.  Click here for a directory of Davidson businesses.

December Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule
The Davidson Board of Commissioners regular scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00pm in the town hall board room. 

On Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m., a swearing in ceremony will be held to begin the 2020-2022 term for the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners.  Everyone is invited to attend!


310 Concord Road Historic Landmark Designation
A public hearing was held regarding the proposed historic landmark designation on 310 Concord Road (Martin-Worth-Henderson House).  Stewart Gray, Senior Preservation Planner with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission, presented a brief overview and history of the house.  Constructed around 1898, the Martin-Worth-Henderson House initially served as the residence of two Davidson College presidents, symbolizing the symbiotic relationship between the town and Davidson College. The property is of local architectural and historical importance due to its association with Mary Turpin Martin and Lucy Battle Martin, its use as a boarding house, and its architecture. The November 12, 2019 public hearing was an opportunity for commissioners to further understand the proposed historic landmark designation as well as to hear input from the public. The board plans to consider adoption of the historic landmark designation on December 3

Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance
A second public hearing was held regarding the proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance. Lindsay Laird, Planner for the town, presented to the board an overview of the proposed ordinance. The Town of Davidson was recently designated as a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). In North Carolina, governments which qualify for certification must have an active and legally adequate historic preservation commission, and must meet the federal requirements for certification. The Historic Preservation Ordinance was drafted using the state model ordinance language with Davidson-specific references. The purpose of working to adopt a version of the Historic Preservation Ordinance is to ensure that the town enforces appropriate state and federal legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties. This is a part of the strategic plan as it relates to historic preservation.  The board plans to consider adoption of the ordinance on December 3.

No one spoke during the public comment period.

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. All items were approved including:  

  • Meeting Minutes from October 8 work session, October 14 mini retreat, and October 22 regular meeting
  • Davidson Village Network Grant
  • Authorize the Mayor to sign a Letter Agreement with TDS
  • Sole Source Contract: PlayCore Match Grant for Playground Partnership with Bradford HOA

Items for old business typically have been previously presented and are for discussion and possible action.

North Main St. Extension of the Davidson Local Historic District Update 
The Town of Davidson continues to explore the expansion of the local historic district, with a goal of preserving and protecting historically significant structures. Planner Lindsay Laird presented a proposal to extend the Davidson Local Historic District to North Main Street. Following public input sessions and a windshield survey that took place this summer, consultant Mary Ruffin Hanbury, of Hanbury Preservation Consulting, provided a draft report for a portion of the existing National Register District north of the existing Davidson Local Historic District. 

Next steps for the North Main Street Local Historic District Extension include a possible recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission on November 20.  Staff will then initiate the map amendment (i.e. rezoning) process, which includes an informational open house in January, a public hearing in January/February, Planning Board recommendation, and a decision from the board of commissioners in early spring. 

Local Housing Preference Policy
Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented a proposed local housing preference policy. The purpose of this policy is to provide that applicants who live or work in town will be given priority when applying for affordable housing over others who do not have the same connections to town. This preference will be applicable to housing units built through the town’s affordable housing program, town owned homes, and projects that receive a grant subsidy from the affordable housing (PIL) fund.  The board voted to table the item and discuss the proposed policy at a future meeting.  

Targeted Conditional Zoning Growth Management Tool Discussion
Planning Director Jason Burdette presented strategies to better control the pace of development –specifically targeted conditional zoning. Staff brought information to the board in July 2019 and was directed to explore creative strategies to implement a targeted conditional requirement for residential development. All strategies assume the existing planning areas designation as a baseline for any development. This discussion focused on development size thresholds in the Village Infill, Neighborhood Edge, and Rural Planning Areas.  Staff will work with the planning board members on draft ordinance changes to be brought back to the town board for consideration.

FY20 Non-Profit Grant Recommendation from the Livability Board
The board of commissioners voted to approve the funding for the FY20 non-profit grant applicants as recommended by the Livability Board.  The organizations and funding amounts include:

  • Davidson Community Players ($3,750 requested; $3,750 recommended)
  • Davidson Lands Conservancy ($10,000 requested; $10,000 recommended)
  • Davidson LifeLine ($5,000 requested; $5,000 recommended)
  • Davidson Learns ($2,000 requested; $2,000 recommended)
  • Music at St. Albans ($1,380 requested; $1,380 recommended)
  • Albans Episcopal Church—La Escuelita San Alban ($1,800 requested; $1,800 recommended)

Due to Commissioner Rierson-Michael’s position with the Davidson Lands Conservancy, she was recused from the vote.  The grants were approved as recommended.


2020 Citizen Advisory Board Appointments
The Town of Davidson has four citizen advisory boards: Design Review Board/Historic Preservation Commission, Livability Board, Planning Board, and Public Art Commission. Each year, the town advertises for citizens to apply to serve on these advisory boards. A nominating committee consisting of the mayor, two commissioners, the manager, the chairs of the advisory boards, and the staff liaisons to the advisory boards reviews the applications and determines who to recommend for appointment. The board of commissioners received the nominations and voted to approve the recommended appointments.

548 Potts Street Sewer Extension Request
Under the town's agreement with Charlotte Water, Davidson Board of Commissioners approval is required for any water and sewer extension (extension of water and sewer lines to serve a property that is not a connection to existing lines adjacent to a property) to service a property. It has been determined by Charlotte Water that 548 Potts Street requires a sewer extension. The property owner requests that a sewer extension be granted to allow for construction of one single family home. The parcel is currently undeveloped and in the city limits.  After a brief discussion, the board deferred the vote until December 3.

Parks and Recreation Projects for Mecklenburg County Prioritization
The Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department has recently initiated updating its county-wide master plan for parks and recreation. As part of this process, the county is encouraging and accepting recommendations for priority projects—both parks and greenways—from its municipal partners. The River Run to Summers Walk greenway connection has been the board of commissioners' highest greenway priority to the county, dating back to 2014. Beaty Park will serve as the northern gateway to both the Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County.

Both of these projects ranked as high priority projects at the board retreat in March 2019. Partnering with the county in development of these projects has been discussed positively on the staff level. If the two projects are included in the master plan, it is likely that a future step will include determining a matching funding arrangement to move them forward.
The board approved directing staff to forward a memorandum to Mecklenburg County regarding the inclusion of the River Run to Summers Walk greenway connection and Beaty Park for the county-wide master plan update for parks and recreation.

2020 Meeting Schedule
The board reviewed a proposed 2020 meeting schedule including meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and four (4) quarterly Q&A meetings, alternating between morning and evening sessions.  The board directed staff to add additional dates and times for the Q&A meetings.  The board will consider approval of the 2020 meeting schedule on December 3. 
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