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January 3-4, 2006: Board of Commissioners Summit meeting notes

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, January 8, 2006

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January 3-4, 2006: Board of Commissioners Summit meeting

Planning Review

* Land use plan, Land use map, commercial corridor ordinance, strategic plan, and compact communities ordinance will be reviewed by staff for recommendations. Consideration will be given to establishing a multi-jurisdictional committee to work on updates and completion.

* Conditional Use Zoning will remain in place with the probably addition of a developer/citizen forum preceding application that will be open to the public

* 10/70 rule will be looked at for possible governmental use such as Park and Ride lots.

* Lighting Ordinance (not adopted) will be reviewed for recommendations and go to public hearing.

* Erosion control ordinance has been adopted by Chatham County and approved. Erosion control office under Health Department Division of Environmental Health is officially open. Mr. Brian Grogan is our new Erosion Control Officer.

* Sewage treatment/sewerage plan is being prepared by Hobbs-Upchurch. Expect something by Fall 2006.

* Solid Waste Management and the solid waste advisory committee will review options and revisit long term recommendations.

* School Impact Fee study was not contracted to upgrade cap due to board of commissioners majority to hold at $2,900. Already approved up to $3,500.

* Parks and Recreation: we will move ahead with planning of the Northeast park and Bell’s Landing Park. With newly designated East/West recreation districts, funding to provide restroom and concession facility for the southwest park is likely to be available soon.

* Chatham Commercial Park (Siler City) – should see some infrastructure work and site prep beginning this month

* Appearance committee will be requested to make recommendations for evergreen buffer plantings for site approvals.

* Annexation process – joint planning process with Cary has begun for planning the development process for eastern Jordan Lake area. We hope to have informational forums in May, public hearing in June and a plan adopted in August.

* Transfer of development rights along with 10/70 for government use is being studied by the Agriculture committee and county staff.

* Commissioner assignments will be reviewed by Mr. Gunn to determine legal requirements and staff will make recommendation to the board of commissioners.

* Citizen board assignments and service time will be reviewed in an effort to put assignments in line with commissioner terms.

* BOC efforts – goals, capital improvement plan (CIP), water – all will be put on the county website with updates on cost, start and completion estimates for public information purposes.

Grant Program Update – Debra Henzey, our Grant Program Director, briefed the board of commissioners that most general revenue is going to storm destruction areas. There does seem to be some available for parks and recreation which will be pursued. There is also some revenue available to meet specific identified needs related to job creation. This area is being reviewed.

Water System Projects and Supply Options

* Southeast water contract to be issued this month

* Southwest water district needs more signups to get started. At 40%, need 70%.

* Pea Ridge transmission line has started

* Silk Hope School line is going well but still waiting for permit to mount on US 64 bridge over the Rocky River.

* Southern Supreme extension supply – bid this month – start in spring and complete late summer.

* Water Capital Improvement Plan (CIP): we will be looking at capacity upgrade for our water plant. We have been offered preliminary proposal for water supply from Harnett county and Sanford. Staff has been authorized to work on the details. We are likely to choose one.

* CIP 2007-2011 plan at $133 million, approved 5-0.

* Financial policy reaffirmed 5-0.

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January 3-4, 2006: Board of Commissioners Summit meeting notes
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