Here is a summary of local government meetings in the Lake Norman region for December. We are supplying links so you may view the streaming video from these meetings at their actual times or after the meetings. Please note our reports do not include the full content of the meetings. — EH Stafford, Managing Editor
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th — Cornelius Residents Oppose Palillo Development During Initial Public Hearing:
At the Monday, December 7th meeting of the Cornelius town board, the initial public hearing was held for the Palillo Project. The project would bring 252 apartments along with commercial space to the area of West Catawba Avenue near Junker Drive.
The public hearing attracted more than 50 residents in attendance, with the ten who chose to speak on the matter in opposition of the project. A virtual community meeting was conducted in November concerning the project, and like the public hearing, that meeting was also filled with strong opposition. Deputy Town Manager Wayne Herron began the proceedings of the public hearing by providing an overview of the review procedure for the project, while at the same time announcing that the nearby community, Lake Norman Cove at Jetton may decide to become a gated community. If this were to come to fruition, all ingress and egress would be limited for the development onto West Catawba Avenue.
This could further complicate the project’s traffic impact analysis. While not surprising, the developer of the project has a completely different view than the residents who spoke in opposition of the project. If approved, the apartments would cost an estimated $1,600-$2,000 a month. On the commercial sector, the developer expects pub/restaurants and potentially medical offices to occupy space in the development. After the in-person speakers finished, another 20-minutes was spent reading allowed emails that residents had submitted, all in opposition of the project. In addition, a petition opposing the plan was presented to the town board which contained 333 signatures.
This was the first public hearing concerning this project. Commissioners did not make any comment. An additional public hearing will be held at a later date. A hearing will also be held before the town’s planning board. The proposed project will then be reviewed by the town’s Architecture Review Board. After all of these steps are completed, the board will render a decision on the rezoning request in an estimated 3-4 months.
Cornelius Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6pm in the Assembly Room at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, NC 28031. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. You can view current and past agendas as well as video streaming of the meetings on the Cornelius Town Hall website.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8th — Commissioners Approve Additional COVID-19 Relief for Businesses:
At the Tuesday, December 8th Davidson town board meeting, commissioners approved an additional $40,000 in funding to assist Davidson businesses as they continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This meeting was the last town board meeting for 2020.
Davidson Town Board meetings occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. The agenda, meeting minutes, and links to audio and video recordings of the meetings can be viewed on the town’s website. See exact meeting dates and times on the calendar. Contact information for Davidson’s mayor and board of commissioners is available in the staff directory .
The public hearing concerning the much-opposed Huntersville downtown development was continued at the December 7th town board meeting. The hearing began with an update to the overall scope of the project which has been approved by the planning board. The updated scope of the project includes 12,000 square-feet of retail space, more than what was proposed in the original plan, but less than town guidelines mandate. The retail space would be located on the ground floor of the apartment building. The plan also includes a decrease in apartments from the originally proposed 138 to 134, and town houses from the originally proposed 53 to 50. Finally, the plan includes the relocating of seven single-family homes proposed near Greenway Street.
These changes along with commitments from Northstate to provide adequate parking to correspond with apartment occupancy, appropriate access for waste collection, and compliance of various items that are minor in retrospect but need to be addressed is what ultimately lead the planning board to approve Northstate’s proposal.
Despite the changes that have been made to the proposed development, numerous residents are still in opposition of the project. Of the 14 residents who spoke during the public hearing, only three were proponents of the plan. Those three speakers are all members of the steering committee who worked to develop the town’s 2040 plan.
Of those who opposed the plan, the increase in traffic, an increase in residential density compared to the established single-family neighborhood adjacent to the proposed project, and most commonly echoed during the public hearing was that Northstate’s proposed plan was not a good fit for the site were some of the reasons individuals provided for opposing the plan. A vote was not held after the public hearing concluded. According to the town’s website, January 19, 2021 is a tentative date for a decision on the development.
Huntersville Receives New Bid for Downtown Property
HFW LLC, represented by Steven G. Harris submitted a bid during the upset period to purchase the town-owned Robert Blythe building located at 102 Gilead Road. HFW bid $1,575,050. This second upset bid period is slated to end on December 15. HFW hopes to put a restaurant/brewery on the site. If no new bids are submitted, the town will move forward with the property transaction.
Commissioners plan to meet in-person on Monday, December 21 at the Huntersville Recreation Center on Verhoeff Drive.
Huntersville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6pm in the Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. You can view meetings on the Town of Huntersville’s Facebook page.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th — Commissioners Show Appreciation to Town Employees with Bonus:
At the Monday, December 7th Mooresville town board meeting, commissioners approved awarding all town employees, both full-time and part-time, with a bonus to show appreciation for the continued dedication and service during this difficult year.
Mooresville Town Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 6pm in the Executive Board Room at Mooresville Town Hall, 413 North Main Street, Mooresville, NC 28115. Meetings may be closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, check with the town to confirm. View current/past agendas and video of the board meetings.
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