LANDIS — City aldermen on Monday approved an amended rezoning application for a nearly 126-acre property near Cannon Farm Road, which they turned down in November.
City aldermen rejected the proposal in the fall when the application was originally made, citing resident traffic issues. Atlantic American Properties’ application was to rezone the area from a single-family residence to a mixed-use district, which allows for freeway commercial work, urban work, single and attached homes, and multi-family units. The request came in anticipation of a future residential development in the Irish Creek area by Lennar Carolinas.
Monday’s request was to rezone the area to Mixed-Use District One with a conditional district overlay, which sets guidelines that developers must agree to and adhere to with the zoning privilege. Planning, zoning and subdivision administrator Richard Flowe told council members that the conditional overlay reduces certain privileges, but does not relax the standards. For example, District 1 mixed-use zoning with a conditional overlay allows for smaller lot widths and alternate setback requirements.
Ultimately, Lennar Carolinas wants to develop single-family detached homes with other amenities permitted by zoning, such as a golf course and swimming pool. While development plans have not been submitted to council, Monday’s request was to rezone the area to accommodate future plans. David Nelson with Lennar Carolinas confirmed on Monday that the townhouses were not part of the development.
Alderman Katie Sells asked about the state of the roads in the area and whether they can handle the extra traffic. Flowe said the North Carolina Department of Transportation will require a traffic impact analysis.
Mayor Pro Tem Ashley Stewart asked if the rezoning fits with the vision the city has set for its new land development ordinance. Flowe said the city is considering neighborhood-related development for the area, confirming that approval of the application does not contradict the city’s vision for its municipal boundaries.
Alderman Darrell Overcash, who works for Atlantic American Properties, withdrew from the vote. The motion passed 2-1, with Alderman Tony Corriher voting against and Mayor Meredith Smith not voting.
City aldermen also met behind closed doors to discuss a staffing issue but took no action.
Also at the meeting:
• Aldermen approved an Interlocal Boundary Agreement with the City of Kannapolis to plan future development in areas outside of each municipality’s corporate boundaries. The plan is valid for 20 years and details the parcels belonging to each municipality according to what makes sense for the provision of services and public services. Flowe said the city is working on a similar plan with the city of China Grove.
• Aldermen approved an ordinance formally establishing a 45 mph speed limit between the city limits and US 29 on Old Beatty Ford Road.
• Aldermen have approved a request to ban all on-street parking in the Oaks of Landis development.
• Aldermen approved an increase in the micro-purchase threshold required for the bidding process using US bailout funding. The threshold was raised from the federal standard of $10,000 to the $30,000 allowed by state law.
• Aldermen approved a budget ordinance for the purchase of a $12,500 camera and locator for water and sewer infrastructure. The equipment was purchased through federal ARP funds and will allow workers to more accurately pinpoint a problem and concern before digging.
• Aldermen have approved a formal non-discrimination policy.
• Contracts have been signed with medesignlab for web hosting services and with Dioxin for printing services. The web hosting service costs $100 per month and the contract with Dixion allows 250 hours of printing for $1,500.
• Aldermen approved grant applications for three “ready to start” projects. One is a $1.2 million project to eliminate two sewer lift stations on Fifth and Poplar streets to make operations more efficient and reduce maintenance costs. Another project will replace the clay pipe in the water main at Mount Moriah Church Road and North Main Street. Finally, a project that has already been approved is the South Upright Street Basin Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project. The city has been approved for a $1.79 million interest-free loan, but rather than take on the additional debt, City Manager Diane Seaford recommends the city seek additional grants.
• Aldermen approved the allocation of $20,000 to support a fellow in the University of North Carolina system through the “LEAD” program. The program allows a student who is about to complete a Masters in Public Administration to work with a municipality for one year providing a variety of professional services. The school covers the scholarship holder’s housing and a stipend, while the city would contribute $20,000. Chief Financial Officer Chase Norwood said no job titles have been finalized, but the fellow could help the city seek state grants, analyze and make suggestions for city policies, networking regional with neighboring municipalities, maintaining records and overseeing the city’s surplus property disposal program. The fellow would work from August 1 to June 30, 2023.