By David Rogers. July 11, 2016. BLOWING ROCK, NC — At least on the surface, none of the three major agenda items for Tuesday’s Town Council meeting seems very controversial, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be public analysis and discussion.
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The only Public Hearing on the agenda focuses on a conditional rezoning request by Chestnut Development Partners to change property that is currently home to the Blowing Rock Hospital and Davant Medical Clinic from HMC (“Hospital Medical Complex”) to Conditional Zoning R-6M, Multi-Family (CZ-R-6M). The 3.61 acre property is located on Chestnut Drive and Chestnut Development Partners proposes to demolish the old hospital and clinic, then construct 24 condominium units.
At the June 2nd “neighborhood meeting” at Town Hall specifically for neighbors and other citizens to review the developer’s plans for the property, there were relatively few questions and very little if nothing in the way of criticism heard about the proposed seven units per acre, multi-family complex, where principal Hunt Broyhill spoke about his partners’ vision for the old hospital property.
For the Blowing Rock News report on the June 2nd neighborhood meeting, CLICK HERE.
Blowing Rock Planning Board advanced the conditional rezoning request to the Board of Commissioners at its June 16th meeting, recommending approval with three conditions:
- Roll-out style cans will be used for garbage collection
- All infrastructure will be completed prior to issuance of any Certificates of Occupancy
- The Applicant will coordinate an acceptable construction traffic plan with the Blowing Rock Police Department and other department supervisors prior to the demolition phase of the project.
There are three items on the Discussion Agenda. The first will be a presentation by Town Manager Scott Fogleman and resident John Aldridge, both of whom serve on the board of directors of the relatively new Village Foundation of Blowing Rock, which is a private non-profit organization. Early projects adopted by the Village Foundation include the winter lighting initiative in Memorial Park and on downtown streets, but Tuesday’s presentation will seek concept approval for a Laurel Lane improvement project. As with other Village Foundation projects, the organization seeks to raise the necessary funds and lessen the financial burden of town improvements that might otherwise be imposed on town government. Tuesday’s presentation will submit the conceptual vision for Board of Commissioners approval, but then the Foundation would return with detailed plans for formal approval once the necessary funds are raised.
For the Blowing Rock News report on the Laurel Lane project concept, as well as fundraising plans, CLICK HERE.
Doug Chapman of McGill & Associates serves at the Town Engineer and at the recent Mid-Year Retreat of the Board of Commissioners, he reported on a study he had spearheaded to evaluate options for relocating utility lines (electric, phone, cable tv) from overhead along Main Street and Sunset Drive to either underground or along other than Main Street or Sunset Drive routes. In the second item on the Discussion Agenda, Chapman will present a summary of options, his findings, and estimated costs.
For the Blowing Rock News report on the Mid-Year Retreat, CLICK HERE.
The third item on the Discussion Agenda is a Bid Award for Drainage Improvements throughout Town. Town staff and the engineers have identified nine separate drainage improvement projects (culverts), to be paid for by funds available for infrastructure needs from the 2014-approved community improvement bonds. The identified improvements include areas on Laurel Lane near its intersection with Meadow Lane, as well as on Clark Street, Hidden Water Street, two projects on Dogwood Lane, Church Street, Ridgecrest Lane, Norwood Circle, and Grassy Knoll Way. Based on the four bids received, town staff is recommending that the Board of Commissioners award M&M Construction of Banner Elk the contract, for $112,900 with a 10% contingency amount and an allowance of $5,000 for construction material testing during construction, for a total of $145,299, including the $17,000 engineering services.
Other meeting business items include:
- Highway 321/Valley Blvd. Construction Update
- Ratification of Senate Bill 667 regarding the timing of municipal elections effective with the 2020 election cycle. Town Manager Scott Fogleman will explain the bill and its implications for Blowing Rock.
- Consent Agenda
- Annual Tax Settlement Report and Order of Tax Collection
- Resolution Identifying Town Officials to Make ABC Permit Recommendations
- Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce Event Dates for 2017, including Winterfest, Savor Blowing Rock, Art in the Park, and Farmers Market.