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Clemmons Council Responds to Senate Proposal on Bill 105

By Jim Buice
For Clemmons courier

A major preliminary subdivision presented for Griffindell, an 18-lot, 9.7-acre single-family development project off Idols Road that was filed in late June after receiving mixed reviews from Clemmons Village Council, has resurfaced at the Monday night meeting but failed to get the votes to continue.

Points of contention for Zoning File C-21-001 included a request by applicant staff to install curbs and gutters as well as provide direct access from the subdivision to Idols Road. At the time, Greg Garrett, an engineer representing the plaintiff, said the addition of an access road to Idols Road was a “break in business” but that he could work with the sidewalk part and gutter of the dead end.

At Monday night’s meeting, he reiterated that he was still unwilling to build a road to Idols Road, but would make sidewalks and gutters.

“I took all of your comments to heart and have worked ever since to try to figure it out,” said Garrett, who has looked at other alternatives, such as building townhouses to help remove stormwater. . “We’ve done everything we can, but we can’t go to Idols Road. “

The final vote to reject the sitemap was 3-2 with board members Scott Binkley and Chris Wrights opposing.

“I understand the concerns that the developer will only have one way in and out,” Wrights said. “The problem I’m having is that we don’t have an ordinance that requires it to have a second route of entry or exit due to the scale of its development. We have approved much larger developments with one entry and one exit. My biggest thing is just to be consistent in our decisions.

City Councilor Michelle Barson said her vote was not entirely based on secondary access, and Mayor John Wait said he had been “inundated with emails” opposed to the project.

On another agenda item, Wes Kimbrell, stormwater engineer, spoke about knowledge of Senate Bill 105 and how it “places restrictions and regulations on local governments and what they are allowed to do and apply against development in the future ”.

“The more people who oppose this, the better it will go. I urge everyone to go and see Senate Bill 105.

Kimbrell said Clemmons “took a significant step forward in our ordinances by becoming one of the state’s strictest stormwater groups for development, and we did so in an effort to protect our citizens.” and that this bill would essentially eliminate the village stormwater program, with the exception of the part on water quality.

“If this bill goes into effect, we’re going to have flooding everywhere,” City Councilor Mary Cameron said, to which Kimbrell agreed.

Mayor John Wait said he was frustrated with the state government systematically trying to dismantle the power of local governments.

“I’m really fed up with the General Assembly thinking they can come and make whatever rules they want and enforce them across the state in every municipality instead of letting the people who actually live there make the decisions.” “, did he declare. “This is completely ridiculous.”

Clemmons has made stormwater a top priority with a long list of capital improvement projects on the books and committing most of the $ 6.6 million in funding from the US bailout fund to fix what has become a growing problem.

At the meeting, it was decided that the village would connect with other local municipalities and discuss developing a joint resolution and that council members Barson and Mike Rogers would head a committee to represent Clemmons in this matter. and other questions.

“I hope our citizens see that our battles aren’t just about developers,” City Councilor Mike Rogers said. “It’s with our own state legislature and even sometimes our own county commissioners.”

In other highlights from Monday night’s meeting, the board:

• During the public comment portion of the meeting, six residents opposed Forsyth County’s proposal to build a 50,000 square foot multi-purpose agricultural events center at Tanglewood Park. The council suggested that residents also make these comments to Forsyth County Commissioners and complete the online survey.

• Order approved 2021-15 Grant Ordinance to replace the Special Revenue Order for US bailout funds. Buffkin said that due to the census, the village will receive total funding of $ 6.6 million (instead of the original projection of $ 6.1 million) and that the first allocation of $ 3.3 million was received last month.

• I heard from Buffkin that the village has a sewer agreement with Parr Investments, but it is still in draft form at the moment. Parr received approval in the spring for a multi-family project, The Lake at Belmont, on Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Buffkin added that the Public Utilities Commission is ready to proceed when Clemmons receives an official check from Parr.

• Discussion with town planner Nasser Rahimzadeh on setting up an ad hoc committee to review parking lot parameters, including landscaping, and review processes for subdivisions, including the idea of ​​developing an ordinance on connectivity.

• Call for a public hearing for a zoning map change for real estate owned by Gateway West Apartments LLC from RS-40 (residential, single-family) to RM-18-S (residential, multi-family – special) at 2070 Lewisville-Clemmons Road of a 5.88 acre property (Zoning Docket C-240). Rahimzadeh said the Planning Council unanimously recommended the denial at last week’s meeting.

• Call for a public hearing for an amendment to the zoning map of real estate owned by 2020 MOJO LLC from PB-S (pedestrian business – special) to PB-S (pedestrian business – special) of a property containing 1,351 acres ( Zoning file C-243). Rahimzadeh said the Planning Council unanimously recommended approval at last week’s meeting.

• Call for a public hearing for an amendment to the zoning map to modify several sections of Chapter C of the Environmental Ordinance of the Unified Development Ordinances in order to strengthen the requirements for stormwater for health, public welfare and safety (Zoning Docket C-UDO-85).

Rahimzadeh said the Planning Council recommended approval by 6 to 1 at last week’s meeting.

• Adopted resolution 2021-R-11 after receiving a voluntary annexation petition to allow the clerk and attorney to work together to investigate the certificate of sufficiency for Mid-Atlantic Commercial Properties LLC’s claim for William Lindsay Vogler Jr. and Robert A Vogler, Milo & White Investments LLC (Cary White), Impulse Energy II LLC (Stanley L. Forester, Director) and Impulse Energy II LLC, covering 35.20 acres. Council will then convene a public hearing at the next meeting.

• I heard from Shannon Ford in the Marketing / Communications report that the Farmers Market continues to have an average of around 300 customers, despite the heat and the late summer vacation, every Saturday morning at the Jerry Long YMCA. In the events to come, another movie night in the village is scheduled for Saturday September 18, when “Night at the Museum” will be presented at the Y at sunset. The Dirty Dozen & Clemmons Bash is scheduled for Saturday September 25 at the Y, with registrations still open. And the Monster Dash & Goblin Hop will take place on Sunday, October 24 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Village Point Greenway. Ford said she was working on a revamped format for project listings on the village’s website.

• Approved the disposal of old files according to the retention schedule.

• Approval of the unsealing of the closed-door minutes of the board meetings from October 28, 2019 to August 23, 2021