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MINUTES OF THE BURLINGTON PLANNING

AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING

 

July 26, 2004

 

Council Chamber, Burlington Municipal Building

 

 

CITY MEMBERS:                                                                  EXTRATERRITORIAL MEMBERS:

 

George Byrd, Chairman, Present                                                 Bud Apple, Present

Jim Burwell, Secretary, Absent                                                     John Enoch, Present

Paul Cobb, Present                                                                     Richard Franks, Absent

Lynn Cowan, Present                                                                 Jim Johnson, Present

Elder Greg Hargrave, Present                                                     Ellis Piper, Absent

Gordon Millspaugh, Present                                                        Bob Ware, Present

 

STAFF PRESENT:

 

Robert R. Harkrader, Planning Director

Haywood Cloud, Zoning/Subdivision Administrator

Kurt Pearson, Planner II

Dianne Fogleman, Office Assistant

 

 

         ITEM NO. 1Mr. George Byrd, Jr., Acting Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  

 

         Planning Director Harkrader introduced and welcomed two new extraterritorial Commission members, Mr. Jim Johnson and Mr. Bob Ware, and the City’s new Zoning/Subdivision Administrator, Mr. Haywood Cloud. 

 

         Mr. Harkrader also pointed out new multimedia equipment installed in the Council Chamber.  The equipment will allow staff to project maps, pictures and written material onto a screen.  He stated that anything that can be put on a laptop computer could be projected onto the screen.

 

         ITEM NO. 2:  Mr. Byrd called for the nomination and election of Chairman and Secretary for 2004-2005.  Commission Member Cobb made a motion to re-elect Mr. Byrd as Chairman and Mr. Burwell as Secretary. John Enoch seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to re-elect Mr. Byrd as Chairman and Mr. Burwell as Secretary.  This was a City and extraterritorial item.

 

         ITEM NO. 3: Minutes of the meeting held June 28, 2004, were unanimously approved.  This was a City and extraterritorial item.

 

         ITEM NO. 4: Consent agenda:  (City)

 

(A)     Mr. E. Lawson Brown, Jr., representing Home Depot, presented an application for final plat approval of the Home Depot Subdivision.  The property is located on the northeast corner of Interstate 85/40 and NC Highway 62 (Alamance Road) as shown on a plat by Joyner-Keeny and Associates dated June 17, 2004, and containing three lots.

 

(B)     Mr. Keith Price, representing Samet Corporation, presented an application for final plat approval of the Kirkpatrick Professional Center Subdivision.  The property is located on the east side of Kirkpatrick Road and south of Crouse Lane as shown on a plat by Murphy and Sacks dated June 14, 2004, and containing six lots.

 

(C)     Mr. Franz Holt, representing Wakefield Development Company, presented an application for preliminary plan approval of Sections A-E of the Mackintosh on the Lake Subdivision.  The property is located to the south of Interstate 85/40 and to the west of St. Mark’s Church Road as shown on plans by Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, Inc., dated May 19, 2004, and containing 272 lots.

 

         Referring to Item 4 (A), Commission Member Cowan stated that since she was not a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission when property for Home Depot was rezoned, she asked if there was much discussion about traffic and what will happen traffic-wise when Alamance Road is reduced to two lanes.

 

         Planning Director Harkrader stated that there was much discussion about traffic, and changes were made in geometrics and signalization on South Mebane Street as well as Alamance Road due to the concern of increased traffic.

 

         Commission Member Cobb inquired about the large number of pipes to be installed on the premises.

 

         Mr. Lawson Brown, representing Home Depot, stated that the design of the development called for the installation of the pipes and that the property did not close until permits were issued by both the City and the state. 

 

         Staff recommended approval of (A) contingent upon the developers posting proper surety with the City of Burlington for completion of street construction prior to recording the plat and contingent upon street plans and profiles, water and sewer plans and storm drainage plans being submitted to the City Engineering Department and approval of same by the City Engineering Department.

 

         Staff also recommended approval of (B) and (C).

 

         Commission Member Millspaugh made a motion to recommend approval of (A) with the contingency outlined by staff and recommended approval of (B). He also made a motion to approve (C). Paul Cobb seconded the motions.  The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of (A) contingent upon the developers posting proper surety with the City of Burlington for completion of street construction prior to recording the plat and contingent upon street plans and profiles, water and sewer plans and storm drainage plans being submitted to the City Engineering Department and approval of same by the City Engineering Department.  The Commission also voted unanimously to recommend approval of (B) and approved (C).

 

         Consent agenda:  (Extraterritorial)

 

(D)    Mr. Franz Holt, representing SSJ of Alamance, LLC, presented an application for preliminary plan approval of McArthur Place Subdivision.  The property is located on the western side of MacArthur Lane approximately 1,600 feet south of Durham Street Extension as shown on a plan by Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, Inc., dated June 11, 2004, and containing 49 lots.

 

(E)     Mr. Mike McCrickard, representing Southcreek Properties, presented an application for preliminary plan approval of McArthur Lane Subdivision.  The property is located on MacArthur Lane approximately 0.25 miles north of NC Highway 87 as shown on plans by Simmons Engineering and Surveying dated April 27, 2004, and containing 14 lots.

 

         Referring to Item 4 (D), Commission Member Johnson asked with the R-9 zoning on the property, do the developers plan to construct affordable housing.

 

         Mr. Holt, representing SSJ of Alamance, LLC, stated that the developers, Charles Jones and Kevin Sasser, who were present, plan to construct single-family residential homes.

 

         Commission Member Johnson asked if the homes would be built on site and was told that they would be.

 

         Mr. McCrickard, representing Item 4 (E), stated that Southcreek Properties also plans to build single-family homes.

 

        

 

 

         Staff recommended approval of (D) and (E)

 

         Commission Member Apple made a motion to approve (D) and (E).  Bob Ware seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to approve (D) and (E).

 

         ITEM NO. 5: Mr. David V. Morton, representing Mr. Russell V. Morton, presented an application to rezone from R-9, Residential District, to B-1, Neighborhood Business District, the property located on the southeast corner of Sykes Street and Chapel Hill Road (NC Highway 54) and being as shown on Alamance County Tax Map 101, Block 435, Lots 31 and 35.

 

         This was a City item.

 

         Commission Member Cobb asked if the property goes all the way to Chapel Hill Road and was told that it does not. Mr. Morton stated that the house on that property had not been occupied for 12 years.  Mr. Morton also stated that he thought a portion of the property was owned by the state.

 

         Commission Member Millspaugh inquired about the property on Sykes Street.  Mr. Morton stated that the house located at 1710 Sykes Street is vacant and owned by his parents.

 

         Commission Member Cowan asked if there had been any contact with the owner of Lot 32 and was told that there had not been.

 

         Staff recommended approval of the request for rezoning on the basis that it will be an appropriate extension of existing B-1 zoning in the area.  Planning Director Harkrader stated that the property is undesirable for residential development.

 

         Commission Member Millspaugh made a motion to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.  Paul Cobb seconded the motion.  The Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request for rezoning.

 

         The Commission found that the zoning change as requested would not adversely affect the adjoining property and would be in keeping with land use planning in the area.  

 

 

         There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                _______________________________________

                                                                                                                George A. Byrd, Jr., Chairman

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ________________________________________

                                                                                                                 James M. Burwell, Secretary