Here is a summary of local government meetings in the Lake Norman region for the end of September. 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
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st — Public Hearings Concerning New Projects Highlight Cornelius Board Meeting
A public hearing was held on a proposed development from Bluestream Partners to develop 13.53 acres of land located at 18375 Barnhardt Road. The proposed plan includes 11 single-family homes within the Forest at Bailey’s Glen development. In addition to the 11 single-family homes, the proposed plan also includes an amenity center/club house. Currently the property is zoned CZ (Conditional Zoning), which allows for two units per acre. A final decision on the plan is expected on October 5.
Commissioners also conducted the first of two public hearings to rezone 1.7 acres of town-owned land on Catawba Avenue west of the police station from Town Center Zoning to Conditional Zoning. The zoning change is necessary so the Cain Center for the Arts, a 30,000 square foot, performing and visual arts center with a 400-seat theater can be constructed. The proposal will now go before the planning board for review. The Cain Center is slated to break ground in June 2021.
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, SEPTEMBER 22nd — An Update on the Lake Forest Church Project
Commissioners unanimously approved the Lake Forest Church Davidson Conditional Planning Area map amendment of 4.1 acres on three parcels currently zoned Village Edge and Village infill planning areas. The project includes three parcels, 480 South Main Street (the former home of the Davidson Family Clinic), 496 South Main Street (currently a single-family home), and a vacant lot just south of 496 South Main Street. Additional information can be found on the Lake Forest Davidson Development project webpage.
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 .
Commissioners have provided developers an extension on a plan to finalize plans for a downtown project which includes acquiring some town-owned land. Commissioners voted via a 4-2 vote to give North State Development until December 14 to finalize the acquisition of slightly more than 2 acres of property which is owned by the town. The property is located on the south side of Gilead Road, just west of Town Center, currently the home of Discovery Place Kids and town offices.
To provide more context, the property is located at the Gilead/N.C. Highway 115 intersection. Over a year ago, after a long-term marketing plan by the town, Cornelius-based North State made an offer to Huntersville to purchase 7 empty town-owned lots which totaled an estimated 2.08 acres for a cost of $600,000. The property includes tracks fronting Gilead and along the west side and of the driveway off Gilead that provides access to the town’s parking deck. The agreement provided North State time to prepare plans for the town’s approval before agreeing to the purchase. The agreement stated the town was required to accept the general concept of the development prior to the sale.
At a separate meeting, developers presented a conceptual drawing of an l-shaped four-story building equipped with retail and other non-residential spaces on the ground floor with apartments occupying the other three stories. Feedback was provided by the town with the agreement that formal plans would still undergo official review which is a requirement for all proposals. North State purchased 11 additional parcels with plans to incorporate the additional land into a much larger project. The updated proposal includes 9.9 acres with new road frontage on Hillcrest Drive and Greenway Drive, and a plan for up to 6,200 square feet of retail-office space, 140 apartment units, and 65 single-family homes. With the additional parcels, a zoning change is required from the current mix of General Residential and Town Center categories to a blanket Town Center-Conditional District designation. A public hearing is slated to take place in October concerning the rezoning, but it could be delayed due to the extension of the due-diligence period.
An Update on the Historic Craven House
No offers were received on the historic Craven house. The property is slated to become a greenway trailhead. As reported previously, residents pleaded with commissioners to hold off on demolition of the 102-year-old landmark to allow for offers with the hopes that someone would make an offer to relocate the house and preserve its history. The plan is to demolish the house, with the possibility existing that some items could be rescued and made available for purchase.
An Update on Huntersville’s Future
Commissioners also received an update on the status of the town’s 2040 comprehensive plan, received an update on the town’s bike plan, and adopted the 2030 master plan for the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. These plans are designed to aid in the identification of the priorities as well as the processes, programs, and planning efforts required to achieve them as the town prepares for a continued spike in population and the desire for additional connectivity and additional community facilities and amenities in the future.
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.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st — Cancelled
The Mooresville Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Monday, September 21 was cancelled due to a lack of business for the town board to consider as evident by the agenda. A special meeting was held on Friday, September 15 via Zoom to approve the consent agenda. This meeting was advertised in advance with a notice that the September 21 meeting would be cancelled.
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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