) STOKES COUNTY GOVERNMENT
COUNTY OF STOKES ) DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA
) APRIL 7, 2009
The Board of Commissioners of the County of Stokes, State of North Carolina, met
for regular session (Planning) in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the Ronald Wilson Reagan
Memorial Building (Administrative Building) located in Danbury, North Carolina on
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm with the following members present:
Chairman J. Leon Inman
Vice-Chairman Jimmy Walker
Commissioner Ron Carroll
Commissioner Ernest Lankford
Commissioner Stanley Smith
County Personnel in Attendance:
County Manager K. Bryan Steen
Clerk to the Board Darlene Bullins
Planning Director David Sudderth
Chairman J. Leon Inman called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Lankford delivered the invocation.
GENERAL GOVERNMENT-GOVERNING BODY-PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Chairman Inman opened the meeting by inviting the citizens in attendance to join the
Board with the Pledge of Allegiance.
GENERAL GOVERNMENT – GOVERNING BODY – APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Chairman Inman entertained a motion to approve or amend the April 7th Agenda.
Commissioner Lankford moved to approve the April 7th Agenda as presented. Vice Chairman
Walker seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
There were no public comments.
GENERAL GOVERNMENT – REZONING REQUEST #212- ROY & CHRISTINE HOPKINS- PUBLIC HEARING/PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION/ACTION AGENDAS
Chairman Inman opened the Public Hearing for Rezoning Request #212 – M1 (Light
Manufacturing) to RA (Residential Agricultural) – Roy & Christine Hopkins.
There were no public comments.
Chairman Inman closed the Public Hearing.
Planning Director David Sudderth presented the following information regarding
Rezoning Request #212 -M1 (Light Manufacturing) to RA (Residential Agricultural) – Roy &
REQUEST: Rezone approximately 2.01 acres from M-1 (Light Manufacturing) to RA (Residential Agricultural).
SITE OWNER: Roy & Christine Hopkins
APPLICANT: Roy & Christine Hopkins
SITE LOCATION: The property is located on the north side of Wall Loop Rd. (SR#1985) approximately 1 mile east from the intersection of NC Hwy 8 and Wall Loop Rd.
Map: 694402 Parcel(s): 0384 PIN #: 6944-02-68-0384
Deed Book(s): 460 Page(s): 1479 Township: Meadows
PARCEL SIZE: Total tract 2.01 acres
ZONING DISTRICT: M-1 (Light Manufacturing)
PROPOSED DISTRICT: RA (Residential Agricultural)
FLOOD HAZARD AREA: Not located in flood hazard area.
FIRM MAP #: 3710694400J
FIRM MAP ZONE: Zone X - Area outside 500-year floodplain.
WATERSHED DISTRICT: N/A
SEPTIC/WATER APPROVAL: The site has an existing septic system located on the lot.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS: Germanton Elementary, Southeastern Middle, South Stokes High
EMERGENCY SERVICES: South Stokes VFD, EMS - Station # 101 – Walnut Cove.
EROSION CONTROL: Plan would be submitted at permitting phase and for construction with North Carolina Division of Environment Health and Natural Resources, (DEHNR) if necessary.
ACCESS: Lot access would be off of Wall Loop Rd. (SR# 1985).
SURROUNDING LAND USE: The subject property is currently vacant. The surrounding
property on all sides is zoned RA (Residential Agricultural) and is either vacant or used for residential purposes.
ISSUES TO CONSIDER:
· Impact on existing community infrastructure, schools, roads, public services etc.
· Increase in residential tax base.
STAFF COMMENTS: This rezoning request comes to the Board as a request for a general use rezoning. The property was rezoned on September 4, 1990 from RA (Residential Agricultural) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing) under the name of AC Drive Systems. Applicants Roy and Christine Hopkins never pursued their original project. The addition of one residential lot in this area is consistent with the immediate surrounding property. The addition of a residential lot on a state maintained road should not have a major impact on the surrounding property or the infrastructure in the general area; however, the Board should take in consideration the County and immediate community’s ability to serve any new residence. The planning staff had no problem with the request as proposed.
PLANNING BOARD RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Board voted 8 to 0 to recommend approval of rezoning request #212 from M-1(Light Manufacturing) to RA (Residential Agricultural). The Board felt the requested zoning district was consistent with the surrounding property on Wall Loop Rd.
Planning Director Sudderth noted that there was no opposition to the Rezoning Request
and reiterated the Planning Board voted 8 to 0 to recommend approval of the request.
The Board discussed the Rezoning Request.
The Board had no issues with the Rezoning Request.
Chairman Inman entertained a motion.
Commissioner Lankford moved to approve Rezoning Request #212 (M1 to RA).
Commissioner Smith seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
PLANNING BOARD VACANCIES
Director Sudderth noted the following information regarding Planning Board vacancies:
· Darrell Lester’s term will expire June 30, 2011. The selection to replace his position for the Snow Creek Township would serve out the remainder of his term. Mr. Lester has resigned due to health reasons.
· Ted Hairston – Beaver Creek Township –Term to expire 06-30-09
· Ronnie Tilley –Big Creek Township-Term to expire 06-30-09
· Tommy White –Peters Creek Township-Term to expire 06-30-09
Chairman Inman directed the Clerk to place the vacancies on the April 14th Agenda.
Planning Department – Update
Director Sudderth noted the following:
· Building permits have increased – the department has issued 19 “stick built home” permits since January 2009
· Should meet fiscal year 2008-09 budget revenue projections
· Environmental Health reported 41 septic permit applications through March 2009
· Will inform mechanical contractors that the department will be charging an electrical fee ($30.00) like other communities around the state – to be effective
May 1, 2009 (this has been given free in the past)
There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Inman entertained a
motion to adjourn the meeting.
Commissioner Smith moved to adjourn the meeting. Vice Chairman Walker seconded
and the motion carried unanimously.
Darlene M. Bullins J. Leon Inman
Clerk to the Board Chairman