The Henderson County
Board of Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. in
the Commissioners' Conference Room of the
Those present were: Chairman Bill Moyer, Vice-Chairman Charlie Messer, Commissioner Larry Young, Commissioner Shannon Baldwin, Commissioner Chuck McGrady, County Manager David E. Nicholson, Assistant County Manager Justin Hembree, Acting County Attorney Russell Burrell, and Clerk to the Board Elizabeth W. Corn.
Also present were: Planning Director Karen C. Smith, Budget and Management Director Selena Coffey, Paralegal Connie Rayfield, Public Information Officer Chris S. Coulson, Fire Marshal Rocky Hyder, Finance Director J. Carey McLelland, and Planning Project Manager Lori Sand. Deputy Clerk to the Board Amy Brantley was present through nominations.
CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Chairman Moyer called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Commissioner Young led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
David Nicholson gave the invocation.
INFORMAL PUBLIC COMMENTS
Chairman Moyer mentioned that there was a potential scheduling conflict for March 8 and the Board will discuss changing that meeting date when they get to “Important Dates” on the agenda.
Mr. Alexander stated that he would stay for that discussion so he could witness the results.
Chairman Moyer explained that there would still be lots of time to voice opinions regarding that issue.
DISCUSSION/ADJUSTMENT OF AGENDA
Chairman Moyer stated that the Tax Collector’s Report this time has to be made in person to the Board, cannot be on the consent agenda so he asked that that item be pulled from the consent agenda and suggested putting Mr. Lyda as the first discussion item, even before “Item A”.
Chairman Moyer also
stated that under “Important Dates” the Board needs to talk about the date of
the first meeting in March. The Commissioners
who are attending the NACo Conference in
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to approve the revised agenda. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion to approve the consent agenda, minus “Item E – Tax Collector’s Report”. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
The Consent Agenda consisted of the following:
Draft minutes were presented for the Board’s review and approval of the following meeting:
Financial Report – December 2004
Cash Balance Report – December 2004
These reports were presented for information and consent approval by the Board.
The YTD costs in the General Fund Non-Departmental line item is the annual property/liability and workers compensation insurance premiums paid to the NCACC Insurance Risk Pools for FY2005. The remaining costs will be allocated out to departmental budgets in succeeding months.
The YTD deficit in the CDBG-Scattered Site Housing Project, the Mills River Watershed Protection Project, the Mud Creek Watershed Protection Project and the Mills River Sewer Capital Project are all temporary due to timing differences in the expenditure of funds and the subsequent requisition of Federal and State grant funds to reimburse these expenditures.
The Human Services
Building Project deficit is due to architectural fees, demolition/abatement and
utilities relocation work performed at the former
Henderson County Public Schools Financial Report – December 2004
The Schools December Financial Report was presented for information and consent approval by the Board.
Tax Collector’s Report – pulled from consent
Scattered Site Program Contract for Application Preparation
Following the first Public Hearing on the County’s Scattered Site Housing (SSH) Program CDBG held on January 19th, staff requested that Land-of-Sky Regional Council prepare the County’s 2005 SSH application for the amount of $3,500, which is set aside within the grant. The technical services contract is for the preparation of the County’s SSH grant application and requires no County funds.
Notification of Vacancies
The Board was notified of the following vacancies which will appear on the next agenda for nominations:
1. Criminal Justice Partnership Program – 5 vac.
2. Recreation Advisory Committee – 3 vac.
Chairman Moyer reminded the Board of the following vacancies and opened the floor to nominations:
1. Animal Services Committee – 7 vac.
Commissioner Baldwin nominated Vicki Audia.
Commissioner Messer nominated Tom Johnson.
Commissioner Young nominated Michael Gamble and Dr. Martin.
Commissioner McGrady nominated Carrie Carman, Meg Paton, Joe Duckett, and Captain Rick Davis.
Commissioner McGrady also nominated Steve Brasnell.
Following some discussion, Commissioner Baldwin made the motion to appoint the two veterinarians (Carrie Carman & Dr. William Martin) and the Sheriff’s Department representative (Captain Rick Davis) to three of the seven slots. A vote was taken and the motion carried unanimously.
There was discussion about the size of the committee.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to amend the Charter to raise the number of appointees from seven to nine. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Commissioner Baldwin made the motion to appoint the remaining nominees to fill the vacancies on this committee. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
2. Cable Franchise Renewal Advisory Committee – 6 vac.
Chairman Moyer asked Mr. Nicholson to update the Board on this issue.
Mr. Nicholson stated
that this item was discussed at the last LGCCA meeting on January 18. He tried to clarify the issue of the
municipalities’ involvement in this discussion. The municipalities confirmed to
the County, with the exception of Fletcher, that they all wanted this to also
be their formal process. The Town of
Mr. Nicholson stated
that any of the participating municipalities can appoint a committee
member. There will be six members
Amy Brantley reminded the Board that John Crook and Dusty Rhodes were nominated by Commissioner McGrady on December 15. Since then we have received applications for Lorette Zwicker, David Blackwelder, David Hutto, Howard Molten, and a letter of nomination for Randy Houston.
Mr. Nicholson stated
that John Crook had been named as the representative from Laurel Park and Terry
Hicks had been named as the representative from Flat Rock. Mayor Roger Snyder will be the representative
John Crook’s name was deleted as a nominee from the county, leaving only Dusty Rhodes as a nominee.
Commissioner Baldwin nominated Dr. Tom Ledbetter.
Commissioner McGrady nominated David Hutto, Howard Molton, Doug Jarvis, and David Blackwelder.
Commissioner Messer nominated Rick Houston.
Chairman Moyer nominated Lorette Zwicker.
This item was rolled to the next meeting for action.
3. Fire and Rescue Advisory Committee – 1 vac.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
4. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council – 3 vac.
Commissioner McGrady nominated Erik Summey to position #3. There were no other nominations.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to accept Mr. Summey by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
5. Mountain Area Workforce Development Board – 1 vac.
There were no nominations at this time so this item was rolled to the next meeting.
6. Nursing/Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee – 11 vac.
Ms. Brantley explained that pursuant to the Board’s procedure for filling vacancies on this Board, she must announce all the vacancies for the up-coming calendar year at the beginning of each year. Positions #19 and #20, Stephanie Staton and Janice Aho both expired at the end of January. They are eligible to be reappointed.
Chairman Moyer nominated Staton and Aho and encouraged them to continue to serve for positions #19 and #20.
Commissioner Baldwin nominated Lloyd Cain to position #20.
Chairman Moyer made the motion to accept Ms. Staton for position #19 by acclamation. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Position #20 was rolled to the next meeting for action.
Animal Services Committee
Ms. Brantley explained that the Charter calls for staggered terms of service before everyone gets a three-year term. There will be two positions expiring in one year, two expiring in two years, and three for the full three-year term. She asked if the Board wished to make those designations at this meeting.
It was the pleasure of the Board for Ms. Brantley to fill that rotation in by alphabetizing the names and then going down the list designating l year, 2 years, and 3 years and then repeat as necessary.
Community Child Protection Team
At the previous meeting, Commissioner McGrady requested staff to research possible changes to the composition of the Community Child Protection Team. That research had determined that no change had occurred to NCGS 7B-1407(d) which states that “The Board of County Commissioners may appoint a maximum of five additional members to represent county agencies or the community at large to serve on any Local Team.”
However, the CCPT guide issued at the end of 2004 stated “To insure broad community representation, CCPTs may decide if additional members are needed on the team and develop a mechanism for using these individuals for the purposes of CCPT. These contributing members may be used as advisory members or may make up subcommittees.”
Staff’s interpretation of the new guide would be that if the CCPT feels additional members are necessary, it would be incumbent upon the team itself to “develop a mechanism” to incorporate those members. By statute though, the Board continues to be restricted to a maximum of five appointees.
Commissioner McGrady serves on this team and expressed that there was some interest on the team of adding a couple more members. The Team can add advisory committee members.
Tax Collector’s Report
Mr. Lyda – “In accordance with NCGS 105-369, Advertisements of Tax Liens on Real Property for Failure to Pay Taxes, I respectfully submit the following report:
Annual Bills (not including Motor Vehicles)
2004 Total Collector’s Charge: $38,935,644.33
Unpaid Taxes: $ 2,797,493.34
Percentage Collected through
Advertisement of Tax Liens:
It is my recommendation
to the Board of Commissioners that unpaid tax liens be advertised once: on
When questioned, Mr. Lyda explained that last year as of this time 91.41% had been collected. This year about $487,000 more has been collected as of the same time.
Mr. Lyda had also
presented the Tax Collector’s Report (monthly) dated
Chairman Moyer asked Darlene Burgess, Deputy Tax Collector and Delinquent Tax Collector, to give a status report on the things she is working on.
Mrs. Burgess informed the Board that they just finished having a tax sale last month (January). She stated that it might have been the first sale they’d ever had in the dead of winter and may be the last. They sold 23 pieces of property. They’ve had about a dozen upset bids on those properties. It will likely be awhile before we finally come to the end of that process where the properties will pass hands.
Mrs. Burgess stated that they continue to process garnishments. The new software helps quite a bit. It allows them to be more efficient and to extend their resources. She stated that they probably process at least $20,000 in garnishments every month for the past 4-5 months.
Mrs. Burgess stated that last week they had just over $8,000 unpaid real estate bills for the past 10 years. They bill 96,000 parcels every year. They are getting the real estate cleaned up and are starting to focus on the business personal property now.
Chairman Moyer stated
that one of the big issues we still have is the tax on vehicles which is
continuing to be a bigger problem to collect.
Civil Paper Service Fees/Civil Process Position
Sheriff Erwin came to the Board to discuss NCGS 7A-311(C) regarding civil process fees. During the last legislative session, the NC General Assembly passed a bill that increased fees charged for civil paper service from $5 to $15. NCGS 7A-311(C) requires that the majority of these revenues be used for the cost of processing civil papers, which may include the hiring of law enforcement personnel upon the recommendation of the sheriff. The Sheriff recommended that the additional revenue being generated by these fees be used to add an additional deputy for the purpose of processing civil papers.
Sheriff Erwin serves as co-chair of the Sheriff’s Legislative Committee and this was one of their top priorities to address this issue. He said that it costs more than $5 to serve a civil paper.
To lead into that issue,
Sheriff Erwin shared several things with the Board. One was a letter from him to the Board
regarding the North American Police Work Dog Association Conference. It will be held
Sheriff Erwin stated
that they have been advising Gaston County Police on how to start a Domestic
Violence unit. Two of the Majors from
Forsyth County Sheriff’s office were here last week. They are helping them to
start a volunteer program in
Sheriff Erwin praised
the Board of Commissioners. Six months
ago this Board voted to allow the Sheriff’s Department to pursue a Domestic
Violence grant through the Governor’s Crime Commission.
There were some questions raised about these reports and how they related to the item on the agenda. It was stated that it would be helpful for the Board to get periodic reports from the Sheriff but it was not listed on the agenda for today. It was a question of protocol.
Chairman Moyer got everyone back on task.
Mr. Nicholson had stated that since the new position would be self-supporting through civil paper service fees, it was his recommendation that the Board authorize the establishment of the requested position and approve the prepared budget amendment.
Sheriff Erwin turned the floor over to Captain Rick Davis who promised it would not be death by PowerPoint. He explained that the Sheriff’s office has the duty to serve and process civil papers to the entire county area, including all municipalities. Captain Davis explained that Civil Process has not had a new employee since 1993. He reviewed the make-up of the Civil Process Office. The last increase in civil paper service fees was in the late 1970s when it went from $3 to $5.
Following discussion, Commissioner McGrady made the motion to authorize the establishment of the new position and approve the budget amendment to provide the new deputy. All voted in favor and the motion carried. Commissioner McGrady thanked Captain Davis for his presentation and his work on this.
2005 STRATEGIC PLAN - Draft 2
Selena Coffey had presented the second draft of the 2005 Strategic Plan for the Board to review. This draft included the revisions made by the Board of Commissioners during the January 25 Board Retreat, which are highlighted. No changes were made to the introductory information; therefore, those sections will not be reprinted until presentation of the final draft.
Mr. Nicholson recommended that the Board of Commissioners discuss any other changes necessary for the 2005 Strategic Plan, including revisions to the CCP Implementation Schedule. Should the Board wish to proceed with finalizing this draft without significant change, staff will present a resource chart and scheduling chart at the mid-month meeting in February.
Following some discussion including a few minor revisions, Chairman Moyer made the motion to accept the County Manager’s recommendation to finalize this draft and for staff to come back to the Board with charting and resource needs. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
PRELIMINARY HIGHWAY MAP – Comprehensive Transportation Plan, Phase I
Justin Hembree informed
the Board that on
The Preliminary Highway Map, a staff memorandum and other materials were included for the Board’s consideration.
Mr. Hembree provided the Board with an overview of NCDOT’s recommendations. There had been a large copy of the Preliminary Highway Map in Mr. Hembree’s office for review.
Mr. Nicholso suggested that after reviewing the materials and discussing the NCDOT recommendations, that the Board should consider what comments it would like to send to the TAC on the Preliminary Highway Map.
The Preliminary Highway
Map is one component of the overall CTP (Comprehensive Transportation Plan) for
The CTP is being
prepared by NCDOT in phases. Phase I,
which has been in progress for several years, encompasses a study area that is
concentrated on the transportation network serving the central core of
A travel demand model developed by NCDOT, with assistance from a consulting firm, forms the basis for the recommendations shown on the Preliminary Highway Map. The model takes into account current and future population and employment statistics for the study area. Using the model, NCDOT identified deficiencies in the existing road system and anticipated where future problems might occur. The model also allows NCDOT to see the impact of changes or improvements to the transportation network, such as those due to planned road projects. NCDOT and the community can also test examine alternative growth scenarios and solutions to transportation needs through the model.
The CTP will eventually
have to be adopted by the FBMPO as well as NCDOT. Because it is a long-range plan that
identifies priorities for transportation improvements in
Current TIP Projects – The projects currently identified in the TIP as funded projects are considered constructed by 2030 for the Plan analysis. NCDOT staff has noted that these projects will offer much needed improvement to the highway system and will need local support to advance.
Inner Loop –
Improvements in lane width, alignment, and traffic operations on several local
streets will facilitate traffic movement around downtown
Corridor Improvements –
US 25 North, US 176, and Four Seasons Boulevard should be given a more detailed
study in an effort to identify any access management techniques and land use
considerations that can maintain mobility in these areas. US 25 North currently has sufficient capacity
to act as the primary entrance to
Northern Connection – An
additional I-26 interchange north of US 64 offers the most relief in future
traffic volumes for Four Seasons Boulevard.
Several interchange locations were studied. However, the
Planning Staff had reviewed the Preliminary Highway Map in terms of its relationship and/or impact on current plans and projects of Henderson County Government and offered the comments that follow. Karen Smith reviewed these comments with the Board:
Relationship to the CCP
– staff has found that the improvements and new road construction projects
proposed on the Preliminary Highway Map support the principles of the CCP. The Transportation Element of the CCP has
one recommendation: “Develop and
maintain a high quality transportation network, and continue to provide
leadership at every level in transportation planning.” The first action strategy under CCP
Recommendation T-01 is: “Adopt and Implement a Multi-modal Transportation
Plan.” This action strategy acknowledges
that the CTP is under development by NCDOT
but does not assume that the CTP is the plan that will be adopted by
The Phase I study area
for the CTP is similar to the Urban Services Area identified in the Growth
Management Strategy of the CCP. Through
the Growth Management Strategy, the County has determined that it wants to
focus growth, including investments in infrastructure, within the Urban
Services Area. The proposed projects on
the Preliminary Highway Map will help accommodate such additional growth. Three of the next four small area plans proposed
in the CCP are in areas where road improvements are proposed (East Flat
Rock/Upward Road, NC 191 South/Mills River East and
The recommendations accompanying the Preliminary Highway Map state that certain road corridors should be studied in more detail to identify if there are access and land use management techniques that would maintain mobility on the roads. Action Strategy B of Recommendation T-01 in the CCP is: “Identify and incorporate access management standards and requirements into County land development ordinances.” The Board will recall from its Strategic Plan discussions that staff intends to examine access management standards in developing the Land Development Code. The Land Development Code should also provide the County with a greater ability to manage land uses in and around major road corridors.
Relationship to Other
Plans and Projects – The “
Mr. Hembree asked the Board’s pleasure on how they would like to proceed on this.
Jack Lynch, Chair of the TAC (Transportation Advisory Committee), stated that the original concept for the public hearings was to bring this to the Board of Commissioners and all the out-lying communities. In the event that either the Commissioners or the out-lying communities, which know the road system, have a major objection they would take it back to DOT before taking it out for a public hearing, in the event of a major problem. If there was a minor problem with a single community and/or the Commissioners, they would take that and review with the Commissioners and/or the out-lying community. The idea behind the system was to look at major problems that might have been identified and take it back to NCDOT or review internally. From there, they would go out to public hearings. They would hold one or two public hearings, probably in the out-lying areas so that the public could get there. With regard to the TIP, he assured the Board that a lot of things would not be back on the TIP this coming April. Due to the shift in DOT funding, some of these projects will get delayed.
Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board for staff to draft a letter of recommendation to send to the TAC based on the Comprehensive Plan. In the meantime each Commissioner should think about any major problems or concerns and the Board will discuss those at the next Commissioners’ meeting on February 16.
Chairman Moyer called a brief technical break to change videotape.
JAIL DEMOLITION PROJECT
Mr. Nicholson discussed the issue of the demolition of the old jail and asked for approval from the Board to proceed with seeking bids on the project.
The main issue of this
project has been the effect of the demolition of the jail to the annex. On
Mr. Nicholson stated that he met with George Jones last week. Dr. Jones indicated to Mr. Nicholson that he has been in conversation with Congressman Taylor. Dr. Jones’ understanding is that the money is now in a pot labeled “Save America’s Treasures” and in that aspect we would have some issues to deal with. Congressman Taylor has indicated that those monies could be moved from one pot to another. We need a little time to deal with the issue of moving those funds from one federal pot of money to another federal pot of money.
Chairman Moyer inserted
here that his discussions with Dr. Jones indicated that he remains quite
confident that if we work this right that we will be in a position to do what
we want to do and protect that federal money.
To that end, Chairman Moyer and Vice-Chairman Messer hope to have sessions
with our two Senators and Congressman Taylor at the up-coming March meeting in
Mr. Nicholson recommended that the Board authorize staff to develop a bid package for this project. Once bids are received they will be presented to the Board for consideration.
Following much discussion, Commissioner McGrady made the motion to authorize staff to develop a bid package for the jail demolition project, while continuing all efforts to secure and maintain federal grant monies. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
CENTRALIZED PERMITTING AND ENFORCEMENT PROPOSAL
David Nicholson reminded the Board that at the January 19 meeting, the Board requested that staff survey other county governments concerning their permitting and enforcement functions.
The following bullets summarize staff findings:
As staff presented the
draft of the 2005-2006 Strategic Plan last week, the Board discussed many areas
that Mr. Nicholson has proposed to be addressed within this effort and he
believes that much of our success in the upcoming years will hinge on the
County’s ability to enforce our current and new ordinances and to enhance our
permitting processes in order to keep up with the County’s growth. For this reason, he sees the enforcement and
permitting functions as going hand-in-hand and recommends that the Board
approve this concept. Mr. Nicholson
believes that, in consolidating these functions,
Mr. Nicholson requested that the Board approve the prepared budget amendment which would authorize him to begin the process of developing what he believes to be an important reengineering of these functions and the hiring of a director.
Following much discussion, Commissioner McGrady made the motion to approve the budget amendment authorizing the hiring of an enforcement director and to utilize inspection fees to do so. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
UPDATE ON PENDING ISSUES
Commissioner Young – Report from Stan Duncan concerning tax base
Stan Duncan reminded the
Board that the General Assembly took the inventory tax away from us some years
ago. He referred to the report table he
had prepared and included in the agenda packet, stating that the tax base is
made up of four components. Overwhelmingly real property (homes, land,
commercial structures) constitute the largest component of the tax base. Last year for us real property amounted to
81.31% of the tax base. Those values are established as of
Personal property is composed of several different elements. It is the business personal property or any personal property that is used in the production of income such as store fixtures, furniture, computers, equipment (if owned) and machines. Also included in personal property are boats and motors, aircraft, and untagged motor vehicles.
Public Utility property is made up of Duke Energy, BellSouth, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, Trucking Lines, and others (any kind of regulated public service company).
The last component is DMV or registered Motor Vehicles. These are the vehicles we drive on the road.
Mr. Duncan explained
that for the fiscal year 2004-05, they have not completed the cycle on
registering motor vehicles and will not complete that cycle until someone who
gets a tag this month and their information has been transmitted to DMV in
Mr. Duncan reiterated that of all the four components, the real property is the more easily nailed down. His staff is still in the process of picking up the new construction. With the new software system they are actually completing picking up partially completed improvements. By the end of February they should have a very hard reliable number on the real property. For personal property, a lot of those will ask for an extension on the listing period. He tries to remain cautiously optimistic but conservative on that personal property number. For public utilities, he relies on some contacts he has within that sector as to what they are seeing. Mr. Duncan thinks we will hold our own there this year but that is subject to change as we get further into the cycle. On registered motor vehicles, that number may very well change a little bit, based on what he actually has completed.
The main thing that Mr.
Duncan wished to stress was that any time the tax base moves one way or the
other, either of the components, there is a shift that occurs. In the case of personal property we know that
last year Steelcase announced that they were closing. The value for Steelcase was held for the tax
year 2004 because they did not announce until after January 1. They were able
to hold that value for 2004 and made no adjustments on their personal property
listing or their real property. During
the course of the calendar year 2004 Steelcase has been making withdrawals and
have been making equipment idle. They
have recently been grouping that equipment and being tagged by a liquidator
Mr. Duncan stated that we are still very early in the year. He thinks we will see a slight improvement in the real property number. In public utilities and DMVs there will be some movement. These numbers are all countywide. He does feel that the growth in real property will outpace the loss in personal property.
Historic Courthouse Centennial Celebration
At the last Commission meeting, Tom Orr presented the idea of developing a celebration for the Historic Courthouse’s 100th Anniversary. Following that meeting, Mr. Nicholson met with Mr. Orr to discuss this issue. There are no formal plans as yet. However, they were seeking the Commissioners endorsement of a community celebration in honor of the Historic Courthouse. Mr. Nicholson has committed to assist Mr. Orr in this effort.
Commissioner McGrady made the motion that the Board endorse the concept of the Historic Courthouse Centennial Celebration. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Cable Franchise Renewal Advisory Committee Charter
Mr. Nicholson had reviewed the charter with the Board previously. The revision to the charter was basically that all the municipalities had agreed to let this process be their process for franchise renewal also.
Commissioner Messer made the motion to approve the revised Charter. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Chairman Moyer informed
the Board that about a week ago Conrad Burrell and Joel Setzer asked to meet
with him to discuss transportation matters.
He asked Commissioner Messer to also sit in on the meeting. Mr. Burrell
and Mr. Setzer basically wanted to discuss
Chairman Moyer stated that the clear message was that the Upward Road project is in jeopardy and unless we get behind the project and endorse their recommendations for the road (four-lane divided highway) then they would have to study the issue some more and there would be a delay and possible loss of funding for the project. The project as designed is fully funded and will come out on the TIP fully funded.
Chairman Moyer stated
that NCDOT wanted to see letters of support from the County, the City of
Following that meeting,
Chairman Moyer and Commissioner Messer met with the City of
Chairman Moyer asked that this issue be placed on the agenda for the next Board meeting for approval of a Resolution of Support for the project.
Change in March meeting dates
March 8 @ 5:30 p.m. is
the scheduled date and time for a regular Commissioners’ Meeting. Some of our Commissioners are going to
Tentative Date for Strategic Planning Retreat
The Board had earlier reserved February 12 for a tentative date to continue a Strategic Planning Retreat. Commissioner McGrady made the motion to release that date as a meeting date. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Set Public Hearing on Rezoning Application #R-04-05 (I-2 to R-10) Hollabrook Farms, Applicant; William M. Alexander, Jr., Applicant’s Agents
Rezoning application #R-04-05, which was submitted on December 20, 2004, requested that the County rezone a 106.57 acre (approximate) parcel of land, located off Butler Bridge Road (SR #1345), from an I-2 (General Industrial) zoning district to an R-10 (High-Density Residential) zoning district. The applicant is Hollabrook Farms and the Applicant’s Agent is William M. Alexander, Jr.
The Henderson County
Planning Board first considered rezoning application #R-04-05 at its regularly
scheduled meeting on
1. Voted three to three on a motion to send the Board of Commissioners an unfavorable recommendation on rezoning the Subject Area to an R-10 district. Motion failed.
2. Voted four to two on a motion to send the Board of Commissioners a favorable recommendation on rezoning the Subject Area to an R-10 district. Motion passed.
Before taking action on
the application, the Board of Commissioners must hold a public hearing. Staff proposed that the hearing be scheduled
Since the Board just changed the March 8 meeting date to March 9, Commissioner McGrady made the motion to set the recommended Public Hearing for March 9 at All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Joint Meeting with
Mr. Nicholson stated
that he had been approached by the Buncombe County Manager (Wanda Green)
concerning a joint meeting between the two boards in order to generate
knowledge and support for the North Carolina Association of County
Commissioners’ Legislative Goals.
Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to add this to our agenda for February 16 at
Schedule Public Hearing on Board Initiated Rezoning Action
At the Special Called
To begin this process,
it is necessary for the Board of Commissioners to set a date for the public
hearing(s). Staff recommended that the
hearing be scheduled during the week of
Mr. Nicholson expected
that the Board will receive substantial input from the citizens within the area
so he did not recommend that the Board of Commissioners hold the hearing at one
of the regularly scheduled meetings.
According to the revised schedule the Board could hold the public
hearing on Rezoning Action #R-05-01 during the week of
Following discussion, Commissioner Young made the motion to set
this public hearing for Monday, March 21 at at
CANE CREEK WATER & SEWER DISTRICT – no business
CLOSED SESSION – none
Chairman Moyer made the motion to adjourn the meeting at All voted in favor and the motion carried.
Elizabeth W. Corn, Clerk to the Board William L. Moyer, Chairman