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Public Hearings on Two Proposed Neighborhoods and Upcoming Budget on Feb. 6 Agenda


We hope you will join us Monday, Feb. 6 for the Clayton Town Council meeting beginning 6:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Police Chief Search Process

The Council will hear from Pat Bazemore of Developmental Associates, which the Town has hired to search for a replacement for Chief R.W. Bridges. Bridges will retire at the end of April after nearly 20 years of service at the Clayton Police Department.

Bazemore will also invite residents, business owners and community organizations to come back to The Clayton Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to share their thoughts on what Clayton needs to look for in our next top cop.

Bazemore retired in 2015 as chief of the Cary Police Department, and she now lives in Clayton.

The Town has contracted with Developmental Associates, a firm that specializes in public sector searches and has operated predominately in North Carolina for more than 25 years. Just this past year, the firm helped in the hiring of our new Town Manager. The goal is to have a new Police Chief in place at the time Chief Bridges retirement in 3 months.

Public Hearings

The Council will open the floor for public comment before voting to approve or deny the following:

Public Input for 2017-18 Town Budget

Got thoughts on how the Town of Clayton spends money?

As Town begins to budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Town leaders have decided to open the floor for the public to weigh in and help shape our upcoming spending plan.

Always wanted to see more of this? Ever wondered why we spend so much on that? Now’s your chance to let the Town Council know!

State law requires cities and towns to hold at least one public hearing before adopting a new budget. Most municipalities either hold the hearing at the beginning of the process – before the big decisions have been made – or at the end of the process, when leaders already have a pretty good idea of what the final budget will look like. In the past, Clayton has fallen into the latter category, and there are advantages and drawbacks to each approach.

This year, Town Manager Adam Lindsay suggested the Town of Clayton go above and beyond what the law requires and do both. Lindsay asked the Town Council to schedule hearing for Monday, and to plan on having another hearing before the Council votes to approve the final budget – likely in June. The Council liked the idea and voted to move ahead with the plan.

“The public hearing may happen close the adoption of the budget, or it may happen at the beginning of the process, and the arguments for why you would do one or the other are there,” Lindsay said to the Council. “I’m making the suggestion we hold two public hearings to accomplish all of those things.”

The Village at Little Creek (154 Houses South of Brittany Woods Neighborhood)

Triangle Real Estate Company seeks to build 154 single-family houses on two different parcels on either side of Dairy Road just south of the Brittany Woods subdivision. The applicant is asking to rezone 22.44 acres of land to Residential-8 (R-8) from Residential-Estate (R-E) to match the other 22 acres proposed in this subdivision, which are already zoned R-8. The change allows for the development 6,000-8,000 square-foot single-family residential lots. The developer plans to ask for annexation of the portion of this land that is located within the Town's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), so that those homes can receive Town of Clayton water and sewer services.

The Town Council will consider the rezoning request and the site plan in two separate hearings.

The future Southern Connector - which will connect N.C. 42 East and N.C. 42 West - is set to run directly through the middle of the two parcels. The proposal would connect this new development to the existing Brittany Woods neighborhood via Marrian Drive. A traffic analysis shows the development would increase traffic by 7 percent during the morning and peak afternoon hours at intersection of Barber Mill Road and N.C. 42.

Two Brittany Woods residents – Sylvie Rodriguez of 304 Marrian Drive and Andy Hairston of 2804 Brittany Drive – spoke against the proposed development after it was introduced at the Jan. 17 Town Council Work Session. Primarily, they argued that the lot sizes of the proposed development are too small to fit into the character of their existing neighborhood.

Lottery Machine Warehousing in Ashley/Chloe's Furniture Building

Cameron Sullivan's seeks a special-use permit to allow a freight movement and warehousing operation in a portion of the building at 9257 U.S. 70 Business that previously housed Ashley Furniture and then Chloe's Furniture.

If granted the permit, the owner would lease 40,000 square feet of the 110,000-square-foot building to IGT Global Solutions Corp., which would use the space to receive, repackage and ship lottery machines. The lease would run through April 30.

The use would not affect Nick's Flippin' Kids, which was granted a special-use permit in 2015 to operate in the 30,000 square feet at the front of the building.

The permit is required because the 8.33 acres that houses the Ashley/Chloe's Furniture Building is zoned as a Highways Business Special-Use District (B-3 SUD). Mooring Capital Fund LLC owns the building.

The Planning Board reviewed the request on Dec. 20 and recommended the Town Council approve it.

Warrick Tract

The Council will continue it's hearing of Adams & Hodge Engineering's plans to develop a 25-lot neighborhood on 22.46 acres at 1804 Old U.S. 70. That's on the north side of Old U.S. 70, just west of Shotwell Road and east of Fieldstone Drive.

On Jan. 3, the Council voted to continue the hearing after more than an hour of discussion among Town staff, developers and the Council. Mayor Pro Tem Michael Grannis called for the vote to be postponed after one of the developers, James Lipscomb of HomeTowne Realty, mentioned they were considering making significant changes to their plans before construction began. Those changes were significant enough that the council voted 4-1 to give themselves another month to review the new plans. Councilman Jason Thompson dissented.

According to plans submitted to the Town, Sam's Branch LLC of Garner plans to develop the 25-lot neighborhood under the project name Warrick Park on the land. Two of the lots would have driveways off of U.S. 70 Business, and the other 23 lots would be accessed from the west via Fieldstone Drive. The houses would receive Town of Clayton water and use individual septic tanks for sewer.

The plans originally included one more lot – a 2.53-acre lot on the southwest end of the parcel where the landowner, Linda Harris Warrick, has her existing home. Since the Jan. 3 meeting, the developer has removed this lot from the scope of the subdivision.

At the Dec. 19 work session, staff told the Council that it did not support the developer's plan to build a cul-de-sac at the north end of the new neighborhood instead of building a stub-out, which would continue to the nearby property line. Stub-outs dead-end into undeveloped land, and they allow future neighborhoods to be developed with an efficient, connected roadway network. They also cut down response times for first responders in emergencies. The Town's Unified Development Code requires stub-outs in most cases, saying: "Cul-de-sacs shall be used only when it is determined by the Town Council that extension of the street to an adjacent property is impractical or unnecessary" (§155.602(F)(2)).

Since the Jan. 3 meeting, staff and the developer worked out a compromise: The developer has agreed to dedicated a 50-foot-wide right-of-way north from the end of the cul-de-sac to the adjacent property line.

The developer has also requested a waiver from the Town's requirements that sidewalk be built on both sides of newly constructed streets. Staff recommends the Council require the developer to pay a fee-in-lieu of the unbuilt sidewalk, and the developer has requested to be exempted from this requirement without penalty.

In addition, The developer has requested a waiver to avoid building curbs and gutters on new streets, based on the fact they would connect to Fieldstone and Pebble drives, which do not have curbs or gutters (§155.602(B)(1)). Staff supports this waiver.

The land for the proposed development lies outside of Town limits but within the Town's planning jurisdiction. The land belongs to Linda Warrick and the heirs of Woodley Warrick, and the Town has dubbed it the Warrick Tract. The property currently holds a single family house and vacant farmland.

On Nov. 16, the Board of Adjustment granted Adams & Hodge Engineering a variance to the Town's minimum lot size requirement of 30,000 square feet down to 25,000 square feet (0.57 acres) for the project. Specifically, the minimum lot size applies to single-family houses developed in a Residential-Estate (R-E) zone that are served with either, but not both, Town water or sewer.

Nine of the lots would be smaller than the Town's 30,000-square-feet minimum, and seven of the lots would be more than an acre (43,560 square feet) in size.

Annex Request for 61 acres at Glen Laurel/Powhatan (Gordon Properties)

CGC Properties LLC and Powhatan Road Limited Partnership seek annexation of 13 parcels totaling 61.3 acres located east of Glen Laurel Road between Vinson and Powhatan roads.

The land will be developed into a 177 subdivision. On Dec. 7, 2015, the Town Council approved a site plan for the 12.32 acres of the land that fall inside the Town's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) – and rezoned that land to Residential-8 (R-8) from Residential-Estate (RE).

Little Free Library Presentation by Miss Clayton

With the promotion of literacy as her platform, Miss Clayton Ashtin Gill has undertaken a project to install a Little Free Library on our greenway system!

The Clayton installation will join the more than 50,000 Little Free Libraries that have popped up around the globe since the movement began in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisc., built a model of a one-room school house as a tribute to his mother, who taught school and loved reading.

When Bol filled that first little library with books and mounted it in his front lawn, friends and neighbors quickly fell in love with the concept and inspired Bol to build several more and give them away.

That eventually grew into a nonprofit organization that works to spread the concept, promote best practices and create an official network of Little Free Libraries. Each official location bears a plaque from the parent organization.

Gill will unveil the Little Free Library to the Council and provide a timeline for its installation.

Three Budget Amendments

Finance Director Robert McKie will present a trio of budget amendments to account for a refinancing of Town debt; the financing of the Northside Electric Substation project; and revenue from seized drug money passed along to the Town by the state and federal governments. McKie will present the amendments under New Business, and the Council will condier placing them on the Feb. 20 Consent Agenda.

Closed Session

The Council will go into closed session to discuss a matter of economic development (N.C.G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(4)). If the discussion leads to any action, the Council will reconvene in public for a vote.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.
Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you Monday night.

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