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New Police Car Design & Seven Public Hearings Pack July 16 Council Meeting

07/13/2018

We hope you will join us 6 p.m. Monday, July 16 for the Clayton Town Council meeting at The Clayton Center/Town Hall, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Clayton Police Roll Out New Patrol Car Design

The Clayton Police Department is often praised for its community engagement and is always working to put its best foot forward for its hometown. The officers recently redesigned their patch to honor the three Fallen Officers the force has lost in its history. This week, the department freshened up its uniforms, switching to more functional, durable, washable, and breathable uniforms to help officers do their jobs better. And on Monday night, Police Chief Blair Myhand will present to Council a new design for the department's patrol cars. Changing the design was an extended process, driven by the desire to take the tradition of the old "Black & White" police patrol cars and bring a modern, unique and cost-effective design. Leaders want the Dodge Chargers to be instantly recognized as public-safety vehicles, but also wanted to capture the spirit of our progressive small-town. The department is moving on from its light blue and silver color scheme, this time incorporating the silver badge and Clayton Town seal with some sweeping lines, for a fresh take on police fleets of the past! 

Seven Public Hearings

Steeplechase: Up to 600-Unit Development North of Sam's Branch Creek

Shenandoah Homes Inc. seeks rezoning and site plan approval to develop up to 600 houses on 266.72 acres of land located north of Sam's Branch Creek bordering City Road to the west, Covered Bridge Road to the north and North O'Neil Street to the east. The development would have entrances from each of those three roads.

The site plan shows a cluster of about 161 townhouses along Covered Bridge Road, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the units, with the remaining 424-plus units to be developed as single-family houses. A main amenity area would include a clubhouse and pool, as well as a possible playground, putting green and other associated nonresidential features, such as a coffee shop, small food service restaurant and/or a small postal service shop. These amenities would be intended only for residents of the development and not draw people from surrounding neighborhoods.

Nearly a third of the development is shown as open space, recreation area or resource conservation area, including several pocket parks and a 16-acre pond that will include a boat dock and fishing pier. The dam on the pond, dubbed Earp Lake, would be reconstructed with a road on top of it. A walking trail would encircle the pond, and a series of multi-use trails would connect the houses in the neighborhood. The trails would eventually tie into the Sam's Branch Greenway. 

NCDOT reviewed a traffic impact analysis (TIA) report for the development and recommended numerous improvements to surrounding roads. They include several new and lengthened turn lanes; a new stoplight at the intersection of Covered Bridge and Shotwell roads; and a stoplight at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and North O'Neil Street. Due to existing traffic, NCDOT would restrict work hours for road construction. For more info, including lists of new and extended turn lanes, see NCDOT's TIA review report and its letter to the Planning Director.

In addition to site plan approval, the applicant is requesting the land be rezoned to Planned Development-Residential from from Residential-Estate, Residential-10 (R-10), and Neighborhood Business (B-2). The land is owned by the Raymond Elmore Earp, Jr. Family Trust; Nancy Crews Earp Trustee; and Mary Worley.

The Planning Board reviewed the rezoning request and site plan on May 29 and recommended the Council approve them. An accompanying request for Wastewater Allocation also comes along with this request. 

Rezoning of Historic Clayton Spinning Mill

Bass, Nixon and Kennedy Inc. seeks rezoning of 24.5 acres – located east of East Front Street and south of Central Street – that houses the historic Clayton Spinning Mill.

The request would rezone the entire property to Neighborhood Business (B-2) from a mixture of Central Business (B-1), Office-Institutional (O-I), Highway Business-Special Use District (B-3-SUD), and Residential-Estate (R-E).

More than 100 years old, the 55,000-square-foot Clayton Spinning Mill once housed 100 workers and the whir of more than 10,000 spindles before shuttering in 1976.

Staff supports the rezoning in its report: "A downzoning of the property from B-1 to B-2 would be in keeping with the intent of the Future Land Use Map and Comprehensive Plan, which encourage a focusing of development in areas that are already served by public infrastructure, and close to the downtown area. Also, this rezoning would provide for a better mix of uses across the parcels, that would support the neighboring uses and compliment the growth of the general area, particularly given the proximity to Main Street and downtown."

The applicant has separately submitted a major site plan to renovate the historic Clayton Spinning Mill building into a loft apartment building with 25 apartments and build 8 new apartment buildings on the surrounding properties to the south and east of the mill building. Those plans are still in the technical review process and will eventually go the Planning Board for approval.

The Planning Board reviewed the rezoning request on May 29 and recommended the Council approve it.

Review Bodies Amendments: Changes to Planning and Adjustment Boards

The Town of Clayton Planning Board is a vital group of volunteers that helps to advise Town Council on development. They are a recommending body to the Town Council, although they can make final decisions on site plan approvals in some cases. 

A similar but separate board is the Board of Adjustment, which serves to interpret the Town’s ordinances and policies when unique situations or special cases come up.

In an effort to streamline the duties of the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, staff is proposing to allow the Planning Board to take on the responsibilities of the Board of Adjustment, thus folding the duties of both boards into one.

They are also requesting adjustments to the review authority of quasi-judicial applications to allow these applications to proceed directly to Town Council for public hearings.

330 W. Stallings St. (Former Site of Champion House)

CommunitySmith LLC seeks rezoning to Residential-6 from Residential-8 of 0.5 acres located along North Robertson Street between West Stallings and West Whitaker streets. Owned by 101 W. First Street LLC, the land is the former site of the Champion House, which was demolished in April.

The applicant separately seeks a special-use permit to allow development of a duplex on a 0.22-acre section of the site, which is located on the north side of the property facing West Whitaker Street.

On the southern part of the property, the developer would build two single-story houses on roughly 6,000-sq. ft. lots, according to the submitted site plan.

The Planning Board reviewed the rezoning request on May 29 and recommended the Council approve it. The Board recommended approval of the special-use permit, with the added condition that the developer build a sidewalk along Robertson Street.

Spring Branch Plaza Rezoning

Bartlett Engineering & Surveying PC seeks to rezone 2.12 acres to Highway Business (B-3) from Residential-Estate. The land is located in the northeast corner of N.C. 42 and Johnson Estate Road, and it's owned by Spring Branch Plaza LLC; Spring Branch Square LLC.

The land borders the Spring Branch Medical Center to the north and east, and that land is zoned Planned Development – Mixed Use.

The Planning Board reviewed the rezoning request on May 29 and recommended the Council approve it.

Water and Sewer System Code of Ordinance Amendment 

From time to time there's a need for municipalities to reconcile ordinances with updates in state law or changes in town practices. To ensure language is consistent with current law and procedures, staff has proposed updates to Chapters 50 (General Utility Regulations), 51 (Water and Sewer System Extension Policy) & 52 (Sewer Use) of the Town of Clayton Code of Ordinances. Changes are primarily related to the elimination of language referring to “Acreage” and “Capacity” Fees and inclusion of language consistent with Session Law 2017-138 (HB 436) related to “Water and Sewer System Development Fees”.  An additional change proposed to Ch. 51 will require any property within Town limits that develops within 300 feet of Town of Clayton water and/or sewer lines will be required to extend the mains to their property and connect to service. This will ensure the Town’s infrastructure continues to expand serviceability area and meet density and intensities proposed by the Future Land Use Map. The change to Chapter 52 was to remove the reference to Impact Fees. 

Electric Meter Rate Fee & Charges Update

Staff is requesting to amend the fees for electric meter installation to compensate for increases in the Town’s cost to purchase meters. The proposed fee changes would be effective immediately in the Town's Comprehensive List of Fees and Charges. Staff would be given the authority re-examine these meter fees in the future, adjusting rates using the formula of Cost + 10%. This will allow the Town to maintain a cost recovery basis for our electric operations.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you at the meeting.

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