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Five Public Hearings, New Employees and Order of the Long Leaf Pine Presentation on Monday's Town Council Agenda


We hope you will join us 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 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:

Order of the Long Leaf Pine Presentation to Larry Bailey

Gov. Roy Cooper has awarded Larry Bailey, our recently-retired Parks & Recreation Director, with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor the state of North Carolina can give a civilian.

Created in the 1960s, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is unique to North Carolina, and its recipients are chosen based on their contributions to their communities, extraordinary careers and many years of service. Notable recipients include the Rev. Billy Graham, Charles Kuralt, Maya Angelou, Michael Jordan and Andy Griffith.

Bailey retired in August after nearly four decades of exemplary service to Clayton. The petition to secure this prestigious honor for Bailey included a biography and letters of recommendation from Mayor Jody McLeod, N.C. Rep. Donna White and Michelle Wells, executive director of the N.C. Recreation & Park Association.

“We cannot think of more fitting recipient for this most prestigious honor,” Mayor Jody McLeod said. “Since Larry first joined our staff in 1980, he has strived to improve our community. His tenure has seen Clayton grow from a one-park Town to one that now boasts seven different parks; two properties land-banked for future parks; and a greenway system that spans miles along the banks of the Neuse River, carrying visitors and residents more than 30 miles to and from Raleigh. Larry played a pivotal role in the planning, development and push for funding of our greenway system. We can thank his foresight long ago for helping to create these popular pathways through our community, which not only provide immeasurable enjoyment for families, but bring economic development to our area.”

N.C. Rep. Donna White said she couldn’t be more excited for Bailey. “Only the finest in North Carolina receive this award and Larry would never think he was worthy,” White said. “But he has unselfishly, and with utmost humility, fashioned recreation programs, served as a role model to thousands, and made Clayton a better placed to live and raise a family.”

We hope friends, family and the community will come out to see Bailey receive this prestigious award.

Introduction of New Town Employees

The Council will meet the Town's new human resources analyst, Kimberly Lazar; code enforcement officer Domoneq Canady; and police officer Stephen "Will" Carter.

Five Public Hearings

The Council will open the floor for public discussion before voting to approve or deny the following:

The Village at Parkview: Adding 35 Townhouses to Previously-Approved 68-Unit Development (Formerly Known as the Goodson Tract)

Adams & Hodge Engineering seeks major modifications to a previously-approved preliminary subdivision plat and special-use permit to develop additional land into townhouses.

In 2017, when it was known as the Goodson Tract, the Council approved development of 68 townhouses on 7 acres of land located on City Road, just south of the intersection with Parkview Road.

Now, the applicant has acquired 3.85 additional acres to the south and would like to develop another 35 townhouses. The plans show eight new buildings and an additional entrance via City Road. Sidewalk and landscaping would be extended to provide pedestrian connectivity on both sides of the streets, which would complete the connectivity throughout the development.

On Sept. 24, the Planning Board reviewed the requests and recommended their approval.

Ashcroft Phases 6 & 7: Adding 56 Houses to Previously-Approved 139-Lot Subdivision

Adams & Hodge Engineering seeks major modifications to a previously-approved preliminary subdivision plat to develop an additional 56 lots on 18.55 acres of land in the Ashcroft subdivision. That's located off North O'Neil Street via Atwood Drive, adjacent to the Sam's Branch Greenway trailhead.

In 2013, Phases 1-5 of the subdivision were approved for 139 lots.

The applicant also seeks rezoning of the new land to Planned Development-Residential from Residential-Estate, which would be consistent with the previously-approved Ashcroft development. The new land is located northeast of the existing development and would be accessed via Atwood Drive.

On Sept. 24, the Planning Board reviewed the request and recommended its approval.

Kyli Knolls: 22 Houses on Amelia Church Road

Full Spectrum Custom Homes seeks preliminary subdivision plat approval to develop 22 houses on 18.56 acres of land off Amelia Church Road, roughly 3,000 feet south of the intersection of Amelia Church Road and N.C. 42 West. The lots would be at least 25,000 square feet in area.

The applicant would not seek annexation into the Town, and residents would receive water from Johnston County and use septic tanks for sewer service. New streets would have curbs, gutters and sidewalk.

The staff report for this item includes some background information and concerns:

An application was submitted in 2017 for this development that was ultimately denied by the Town Council (2017-98-SD). The original application consisted of 20 single-family lots, and did not include any roadway improvements. The Town Council found that the layout proposed at that time would materially endanger the environment, public health, safety, or the general welfare. This was outlined in the resolution to be determined by the three separate connections proposed on Amelia Church Road, congestion caused by traffic entering and exiting the development, and a general lack of traffic congestion mitigation.

As the development is currently submitted, a left-turn lane into the development off Amelia Church Road will be required by NCDOT and is shown on the preliminary plat. Staff does still have concerns regarding the proposed separation between the existing access easement to the Richard Scott Ball property and the main entrance into the development. The proposed connection results in the convergence of three separate vehicular connections at one point along Amelia Church Road, which results in a safety concern. Staff recommends relocating the 30’ access easement to alleviate these safety concerns.

On Sept. 24, the Planning Board reviewed the request and recommended its approval.

Setting Nov. 5 Public Hearing

The Town Council will consider scheduling a Nov. 5 public hearing for the following item. No discussion or action is expected to occur at Monday's meeting.

Sun Belt Rentals Annexation: Vehicle Sales & Rental Near Intersection of U.S. 70 & U.S. 70 Business

Moffat Properties LLC seeks annexation of 6.22 acres of a 23.4-acre property located at 7635 U.S. 70 Business, which is just north of the U.S. 70 Bypass. The site previously housed Clayton Homes, which sold modular and manufactured houses.

In May, the Council approved a special-use permit to allow vehicle sales and rental on the property. The month before that, the Council voted to rezone the full 23.4 acres to B-3 Highway Business from B-2 Neighborhood Business and to remove it from the Scenic Highway Overlay District.

In April, the Planning Board approved plans to build a 10,500-square-foot building with a 34-space parking lot on the site. The site plan showed a majority of the property to be leveled and covered in gravel for outdoor equipment storage, with area lighting surrounding the property and landscaping around the perimeter.

More info will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399.

NCDOT Updating Speed Limit Ordinance

The N.C. Department of Transportation is in the process of updating its speed limit ordinances on City Road (State Road 1709) in Johnston County.

There are existing 45 mph speed limit signs on about an 0.8-mile stretch from the intersection with Covered Bridge Road and to the south.

In this strictly housekeeping matter, NCDOT has requested the Town Council certify the posted 45 mph speed limit.

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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