STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA )                    OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS

                                                            )                    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.

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

            There were no public comments.

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT – REZONING REQUEST #212- ROY & CHRISTINE HOPKINS-   PUBLIC HEARING/PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION/ACTION AGENDAS

 

Public Hearing

 

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.

 

Presentation

 

Planning Director David Sudderth presented the following information regarding

 

Rezoning Request #212 -M1 (Light Manufacturing) to RA (Residential Agricultural) – Roy &

 

Christine Hopkins. 

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

SITE INFORMATION:

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.

Discussion

            The Board discussed the Rezoning Request. 

            The Board had no issues with the Rezoning Request. 

Action

            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)

Adjournment

 

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