4. Councilman Watson moved that the location and character of the use, if developed according to plan as submitted and approved, will be in harmony
with the area in which it is to be located and will be in general conformity with the Lincolnton Land Use Plan and other plans for the physical development of the City as officially adopted by the City Council. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
Mrs. Elam stated that Clayton Engineering, on behalf of Sentry Rentals, is requesting a conditional use permit to construct warehouse, storage, and
rental units in the NB District. The subject property is located in the ETJ on the north side of East NC 27 Highway approximately 1000 feet east of the intersection of East Main Street and East NC 27 Highway (Parcel ID 87879, 23626, 26773, 24900). The property is made up of four (4) lots totaling 1.94 acres and the site is vacant.
The applicant requests a conditional use permit in order to construct 10,700 square foot warehouse in the front portion of the site and a 15,000
square foot multi-unit storage building in the rear of the site. A loading dock is located in the front of the proposed warehouse. One access point onto NC Highway 27 East is proposed along with six parking spaces.
The Staff Review Committee met on June 9, 2020 to consider this application and made the following comments:
REGULAR MEETING - June 25, 2020
The utility department made the following comments: The sewer line that they are requesting is a force main and will require a pump station that will
have to match the design of the pump station force main. This will have to be engineered. Also, the lift station that is connected to this force main is for future industry. So, if the industry requires larger pumps be installed at the Airport, the lift station at Sentry Rentals will have to be engineered and upgraded to match the larger pumps. This will be at the owner s expense. All utility requirements must be coordinated and approved by the utility department prior to development.
Mr. Robert Gates, 2847 Hwy. 27 East, an adjoining property owner spoke in opposition to the request. Mr. Gates also referenced an email he received
from another adjoining property owner, Ms. Eve Miller, who was not in attendance but did opposed the proposed use of this site as well. Mr. Gates voiced concerns regarding additional noise with delivery, the size of the mini-warehouses, building materials and traffic dangers at this location. He also is concerned that property values will be affected if this use is allowed and that the use is not in harmony with the surrounding properties.
Marsha Jordan, of Apple Realty, located at 513 E. Main Street, was present and requested to speak. Ms. Jordan identified herself as the realtor
involved and spoke in favor of the request, giving some history and details about the property. She gave her professional opinion regarding the plan, which she feels is in tune with what needs to be on the site. She stated that she did not feel that there will be an increase of traffic in the area.
4. Councilman Jetton moved that the location and character of the use, if developed according to the plan as submitted and approved, will be in
harmony with the area in which it is to be located and will be in general conformity with the Lincolnton Land Use Plan and other plans for the physical development of the City as officially adopted by the City Council. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
Mayor Ed Hatley opened the public hearing. Planning Director Laura Elam spoke to the item explaining the applicants request for a rezoning of a
parcel totaling approximately 0.31 acres from the Residential-25 (R-25) district to the Residential-8 (R-8) district. The subject property is located at 2199 Story Street and is just outside the City Limits. The abutting property fronting Salem Church Road and the property located across Story Street from the site are in the city limits. Mrs. Elam reported that the adjoining properties are zoned a mixture of R-8 (city limits) and R-25 (ETJ). The subject property has one single family dwelling on the site. Land uses in the area include single-family and multi-family homes. Mrs. Elam gave more background, explaining that the applicant would like to subdivide the land. The minimum lot size requirement in the R-25
district is 20,000 square feet. This parcel is 13,500 square feet. By rezoning the property to the R-8 district and connecting to City water and
sewer, the minimum lot size for a single family home is reduced to 6,000 square feet. Water and sewer are available in the area. The land use plan shows the property in the Residential Suburban Planning Area. Neighboring properties are in the Traditional Single Family and Residential Suburban Planning Areas. The Land Use Plan designates the subject property as Residential Suburban Planning area. These Planning Areas are primarily single family residential in character. Therefore, the proposed rezoning request is consistent with the Land Use Plan. Mrs. Elam concluded saying that the Planning Board and Staff recommend approval of rezoning of the property from R-25 to R-8.
MOTION: Councilman Eaddy made a motion to approve the statement of consistency and reasonableness as follows: The Lincolnton Land Use Plan designates
this property as part of the Residential Suburban Planning Area. The proposed rezoning request is consistent with the Lincolnton Land Use Plan, therefore, approval of the proposed amendment is reasonable and in the public interest. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion.
Mayor Ed Hatley opened the Public Hearing. Planning Director Laura Elam spoke to this item, explaining that the property is a 0.952 acre site located
at 217 East Pine Street (Parcel ID 20428). She stated that the primary purpose of the rezoning request is to allow the property to be used for a larger number of permitted uses such as retail, service and professional uses. Any uses approved for the property would have to meet all the requirements for the Central Business District.
Mrs. Elam informed that he property is developed with three (3) vacant dwelling units and several accessory structures and that the applicant is
requesting rezoning from Residential-Office (R-O) to the Central Business (C- B) district. Zoning surrounding the site is a combination of R-O, GB, and CB. Land uses surrounding the site are the EF Drum Funeral Home and First Federal Park to the south, Vacant County Offices to the west, the Marcia H. Cloninger rail trail and Hoyle,s Hearth and Home to the east, and vacant land to the north.
MOTION: Councilwoman White made a motion to approve amendment of land use plan. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
MOTION: Councilman Jetton made a motion to approve the statement of consistency and reasonableness as follows: The Lincolnton Land Use Plan
designates this property as part of the Mixed Use Residential/Commercial/Planning Area. The proposed rezoning request is not strictly consistent with the Land Use Plan, however, the sites proximity to the C-B zoning District and rezoning to C-B better supports the Lane Use Plan s goal of adaptive reuse of under-utilized commercial buildings than the current zoning. Therefore, approval of the proposed amendment is reasonable and in the public interest. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
Mayor Ed Hatley opened the public hearing. Planning Director Laura Elam addressed Council giving some background history regarding this request,
explaining that the city s zoning regulations allow manufactured home parks to be established subject to a rezoning and several standards. The regulations also allow a manufactured home to be installed on an individual lot in the R-25 zoning district subject to several standards. Otherwise, the city s zoning regulations do not allow manufactured homes.
She continued, informing that Manufactured homes that predated the establishment of zoning in the City are treated as legal, nonconforming uses and
are allowed to continue. In addition, the regulations allow a nonconforming manufactured home on its own lot to be replaced with another manufactured home provided that the replacement occurs within 180 days of the removal of the previous manufactured home and the replacement manufactured home is either a double wide or a single wide with the axles removed and placed on a permanent foundation.
Mrs. Elam submitted the proposed amendment that would allow replacement of a non-conforming manufactured home with another manufactured home in the
R-25 district only. In all other zoning districts, a non-conforming manufactured home could only be replaced with a structure that conforms to both the local zoning regulations and the state building code.
MOTION: Councilman Eaddy made a motion to approve the request. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
MOTION: Councilman Jetton made a motion to approve the statement of consistency and reasonableness as follows: The proposed amendment is not
addressed by the adoption of the Lincolnton Land Use Plan. Approval of the amendment is reasonable and in the public interest in that it will limit replacement manufactured homes to the Rural Residential (R-25) zoning district and help to protect property values in more urban residential areas. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion.
Mayor Ed Hatley opened the public hearing, directing Planning Director Laura Elam to present the review. Mrs. Elam presented a rezoning request for a
parcel totaling approximately 1.09 acres, with the applicant requesting rezoning from the Office Institutional (O-I) district to the Residential-25 (R- 25) district. The subject property is located on the east side of Buffalo Shoals Road across from the Palisades Apartments. The address of the property is 450 Buffalo Shoals Road (Parcel ID 71908)
The subject property and properties to the north are zoned O-I. The property was rezoned from R-25 to O-I in 2009 at the request of the property
owner at that time. Surrounding properties are zoned rural residential, residential office and office institutional. The subject property has a single family dwelling located on it. Land uses in the area include single-family and multi-family homes. Atrium Health Lincoln hospital is adjacent to the property to the east.
Giving some brief background history, Mrs. Elam stated that the originally adopted Lincolnton Land Use Plan designated the subject property and all
surrounding properties along this section of Buffalo Shoals Road as a Residential Suburban Planning Area. With the 2009 rezoning of the site from R-25 to O-I, the Land Use Plan was amended to designate the property within an Institutional / Office Planning Area. The Land Use Plan designates the subject property as an Institutional / Office Planning area. The proposed rezoning request is not entirely consistent with the Land Use Plan, however, staff views the request as consistent with the spirit and intent of the Land Use Plan s original designation of the area as a Residential Suburban area.
MOTION: Councilman Eaddy made a motion to approve amendment of land use plan. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
MOTION: Councilwoman White made a motion to approve the statement of consistency and reasonableness as follows: The Lincolnton Land Use Plan
designates this property as part of the Institutional-Office Planning Area, therefore the proposed rezoning request is not consistent with the Lincolnton Land Use Plan. However, the request is viewed as consistent with the spirit and intent of the Land Use Plan s original designation of this section of the Buffalo Shoals Road corridor as a Residential Suburban Planning Area. Therefore, approval of the proposed amendment is reasonable and in the public interest. Members voted 4-0 in favor of the motion
Mayor Ed Hatley opened the public hearing and recognized Planning Director Laura Elam to speak to the item. Mrs. Elam briefly explained that Council
action is needed to adopt the standard, five year update to the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan which is required by FEMA in order to qualify for certain types of federal assistance. Mrs. Elam informed there was a public input session in 2018 and a public survey conducted in early 2019. Resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, it is also the intent of the City of Lincolnton to fulfill its obligation under North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 166A: North
Carolina Emergency Management Act and Section 322: Mitigation Planning, of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to remain eligible to receive state and federal assistance in the event of a declared disaster affecting the City of Lincolnton; and
Both City Manager Steve Zickefoose and Planning Director Laura Elam, presented this item to Council. Mrs. Elam gave a brief summary regarding the
benefits of the proposed arrangement, as well as informed Council of the cost savings this arrangement will provide The City is currently contracting with Centralina Council of Government (CCOG) to provide code enforcement, receiving approximately 6 hours per week of onsite time for investigation services at a cost of 29,640. Mrs. Elam noted that the City does currently have a formal agreement with Centralina Council of Government, but that agreement expires July 1, 2020.
City Manager Steve Zickefoose stated that approval by City Council will require the County Commissioners to incorporate these serviced into the
Shared Services Agreement already in place. Mr. Zickefoose informed that the plan is for this agreement to become effective July1st. However, if that is not possible, city staff will handle in-house until the County can officially begin. Mrs. Elam verified that CCOG has been notified.