Town Manager Parsons reviewed the requested budget amendments including one unexpected cost share item involving the Sandsharks, which are not
interested in participating with the contributions of the cost of the installation of the cameras. Mr. Parsons will follow up with more details when he gets more information this week regarding this request of an additional 3,875.00 which Council unanimously agreed to add.
B. AR-01-20 Eagles Landing Apartments Applicant, Koontz Designs on behalf of ZP NO 340 LLC
Planner Long provided an overview of the item with an aerial map and property identification of two parcels. The site is zoned PD for high density
residential. Planner Long stated the requested application does not comply with the UDO and further discussed procedures to continue with the current request. This AR is specific to the clubhouse and surrounding buildings.
Councilman Saulnier moved to approve the report prepared by the Planning Director and recommended for approval by the Planning Board to adopt the 10
projects listed in the Short Term Work Program, as well as the 4 additional projects, and that the Town use the reports informed discussion about the annual budget as provided for in Chapter 11 of the Town of Southern Pines Long Range Comprehensive Plan. Councilman Pate seconded this motion and it was carried unanimously 5-0 as follows:
Director Grieve discussed the market analysis and public/private partnership that might be further studied as part of a next Phase. He discussed the
options of doing nothing else at this time and relying on the current UDO language, having Triangle J move forward with a continued Study that would represent a Code exercise, or bringing in a consultant to develop a full Plan and market it. Both Director Grieve and Mr. Day recommended against the second option, and it was reported that pursuing the third would cost an estimated seventy-five to one- hundred thousand dollars.
Councilman Pate stated we can always go back and reconsider options at later dates, particularly given the current Budget situation and unknown
future impact of the pandemic on available funds. Both Manager Parsons and Director Grieve agreed, with the caveat that at some stage enough parcels will have developed that a planning exercise will have less value.
Assistant Town Manager Kennedy provided an overview of the item and recommended Council proceed with the proposed land exchange. Mr. Kennedy
explained the benefits to the Town and stated this would be an asset to the Town. He explained that this would best be considered in conjunction with the Preliminary Development Plan scheduled to come before the Council and that they likely should not act on it ahead of deciding on that Plan.
Town Council discussed the concept of rate increases, particularly concerns relative to the current pandemic. The trade-off between not imposing
maximum SDF rates and the impact that would have on necessary user rate increases was also discussed. The status of an ongoing Rate Study and the impact that the SDF discussion would have on that was also provided.
Town Manager Parsons stated Mayor Haney, Councilman Saulnier and himself met with several downtown business owners and they expressed their concerns
with the current situation of the State of Emergency orders and no income being brought into their now struggling businesses. Town Manager Parsons stated he had received inquiries regarding everything from incorporating allowances for food trucks in privately owned parking lots to ABC affiliated facilities being able to serve alcohol on their patios, parking lots, and public sidewalk areas, etc.