Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: November 14, 2017

All supporting documents for the November 14 board of commissioners’ meeting are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=578&MinutesMeetingID=286&doctype=Agenda
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Rendering of proposed new town hall

A summary of the 4:00 p.m. meeting:

  • Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum presented a public facilities project status report.  Brent Green of Creech and Associates, the architects chosen for this project, presented the latest work on the new construction and renovation of town hall to accommodate the growing space needs (especially for our police and fire departments) to be able to better serve citizens. The Design Review Board (DRB) reviewed the schematic design on November 15, and the project will go back to the DRB for a final review in the coming months. In early summer 2018, the next steps would be for the board of commissioners to consider the construction bid. If the project moves forward, the town would seek final approval from the Local Government Commission to proceed. Once this step is complete, we would finalize plans for installment financing for the project.

Davidson Game Plan
  • I gave a quarterly update on the Davidson Game Plan, our two-year strategic plan. Highlights are major progress on affordable housing, parks, and infrastructure. Details can be found on our website at townofdavidson.org/DavidsonGamePlan.

A summary of the 6:00 p.m. meeting:

Tree with blue lights
  • Police Chief Penny Dunn explained the significance of the blue memorial lights on the tree between Davidson Town Hall and Sloan House. Davidson Police Officer Mark Swaney was killed in the line of duty on December 25, 1997 and the lights are placed on the tree each year during this season in his memory.

Mayor and Mary Anne
  • Mayor John Woods and Davidson Village Network Executive Director Mary Anne Hammond thanked the first 15 charter members of their nonprofit.

  • Over 25 people spoke during the public comments period.



  • Planning board member Shawn Copeland presented a report of the planning board’s consistency/inconsistency statement regarding the proposed Narrow Passage conditional planning area amendment for the addition of 1.07 acres to the development.

Public Hearings:

  • Town Attorney Cindy Reid conducted a public hearing considering the voluntary contiguous annexation of the Narrow Passage.  This annexation is a parcel of land which is 1.07 acres and connected to the rest of the Narrow Passage property.
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette led a public hearing for proposed text amendments to the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO). The proposed amendments are being undertaken to address the compatibility of housing types in the Village Infill Planning Area (the “missing middle housing”), the inclusion of “government services” as a use in the Village Center Planning Area, and, the applicability of the retail overlay district requirements to civic/educational/institutional buildings.


All the items on the consent agenda were approved, including:

  • A noise ordinance variance request from Davidson College for June 8-10, 2018 for the annual alumni reunion celebration,
  • Minutes for October 3, October 10, October 16, and October 24, 2017 meetings,
  • An ordinance to request the closure of Main Street on November 30, December 1, and 2  for Christmas in Davidson from the North Carolina Department of Transportation,
  • An ordinance to request the closure of Main Street on December 2 for the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade from the North Carolina Department of Transportation,  
  • Direction of the planning board to make a recommendation within 30 days on the proposed text amendments to the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO). The DPO requires that the planning board provide a recommendation to the board of commissioners within 30 days of the public hearing. They will meet on November 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the board room.
  • Tax levy adjustments (refund check requests) from Mecklenburg County Assessor's Office,
  • The revision of the meeting schedule to cancel the Davidson Coffee Chat scheduled on Monday, Nov 20, 2017,
  • Authorization of the Town Manager to approve the purchase of a new fire tanker truck.  The tanker truck will be fully funded by the Northstar Fire District; it will have no effect on the town's general fund budget.

New Business:

  • I presented the nominees for appointments to the planning, design review, and livability boards, and the public art commission. The board of commissioners approved all of them. Their terms start in January, and we look forward to working together.

Old Business:

  • Public Works Director Doug Wright provided an update to the Potts/Sloan/Beaty Project.  Consultants Kimley-Horn provided a general update on the project, including potential road alignments for the connection. The Davidson Board of Commissioners selected alignment alterntive #1. More information is available at: www.townofdavidson.org/PottsSloanBeaty. Kimley-Horn also gave an update on a project to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Hwy 115 and Potts Street in Cornelius. More information is available at: https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/?search=U-5873


Alignment Alternative 1
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to extend the corporate limits of the Town of Davidson to include a final portion of the Narrow Passage development.
  • Senior Planner Trey Akers asked the board to consider approval of an amendment to permit the addition of 1.07 acres to the Narrow Passage conditional planning area.  Additionally, the request includes a proposed modification to two conditions as well as a new condition: A reduction in the previously-approved payment-in-lieu amount for the multi-use path bridge on the southern parcel; an increase in the amount of non-conforming garages permitted within the development; and, an increase in the amount of allowed construction signs from one to two (one for each road frontage). The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the additional acreage, garage waiver, and the additional sign, but they did not approve the reduction in payment-in-lieu.
  • Senior Planner Trey Akers asked the board to consider approval of the consistency statement for Narrow Passage conditional planning area amendment.  The state requires that whenever a governing body adopts map or text amendments, they are required to adopt a consistency statement with respect to the comprehensive plan, or any other adopted plan.

Hyatt Place
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette gave an update on the proposed Davidson Commons East conditional master plan amendment (Hyatt Place hotel on the corner of Griffith Street and Davidson-Gateway Drive).  The applicant requested an amendment to develop a commercial hotel on 2.1 acres. The proposed hotel size would be approximately 74,500 square feet, four stories in height, and feature +/- 115 rooms. For more details on the project, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/DavidsonCommonsEastHotel. The board of commissioners voted to approve the hotel.
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette asked the board to consider approval of the consistency statement for the proposed Davidson Commons East conditional planning area amendment (Hyatt Place hotel).  State statute requires that whenever a governing body adopts map or text amendments, they are required to adopt a consistency statement with respect to the comprehensive plan, or any other adopted plan.

  • Finance Director Piet Swart asked the board to consider the approval of the Fire Station 2 budget amendment to appropriate $130,000 from the fund balance to complete the project.  This expenditure was expected at the outset of the project; this budget amendment is the action required to appropriately allocate the funds.

Fire Station 2


  • Adverse weather conditions have delayed the completion of Davidson Fire Station 2 located at 19436 Davidson-Concord Road next to historic Beaver Dam. Once complete, we will host a grand opening ceremony and open house. This will likely take place in January – please stay tuned for details.
Happy Thanksgiving


  • Please join us as we honor Bill Giduz, the 2017 recipient of the Jack Burney Community Service Award on Wednesday, November 22 here in the board room at 10:00 a.m.  The North Mecklenburg Moravian Band will start performing at 9:30 a.m.
  • Davidson Town Hall and all other town offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. Thursday’s garbage and recycling will be collected on Friday the 24th.

Small Business Saturday
  • Small Business Saturday is November 25. All of our small businesses will be participating and several are offering specials throughout the day – please check out our website for details. We encourage you to support all of Davidson’s business this day and every day.

Carriage ride
  • Christmas in Davidson is November 30-December 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening. The North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. Please join us for all of the festivities!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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