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Beauty Queens, Hiking Trail Network and Regional Transportation Plans on Monday's Work Session Agenda

04/13/2017

We hope you will join us Monday, April 17 for the Clayton Town Council work session beginning 6:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

At the work session, the Council will set its agenda for the May 1 meeting and take a first look at the matters up for consideration. While the Council isn't scheduled to vote on anything, the work session is used to receive special reports and introductions.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Introduction of 2017 Miss Clayton and Miss Clayton Outstanding Teen

This year's Miss Clayton, Alexis Massengill, and Miss Clayton's Outstanding Teen Ahnna Chay will introduce themselves to the Town Council.

The two won their crowns last month in a pageant held at The Clayton Center.

?These young women will go on this summer to represent Clayton in the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen pageants.

Introducing New Town Employees

Customer Service Director Ann Game will introduce the Town Council to her department's two newest hires: Meter Technician Allan Henkel and Customer Service Representative Keva Wright.

Proposed Trail Network

The Triangle Land Conservancy is working to develop the Walnut Hill Nature Preserve on 406 acres of farmland, which is located 3.5 miles northwest of Downtown Clayton on the border of Wake and Johnston counties. The group plans to open the preserve in phases from 2018 to 2020.

On Monday, the group will present its plans to the Clayton Town Council and ask for the Council to sign a letter supporting the project.

The group would also like to link the nature preserve's trails with the Town's greenway system.

Southeast Area Study Presentation

A representative of the N.C. Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) will present the results of the group's Southeast Area Study.

Started in 2015, the Southeast Area Study took a look at the transportation system and the ways land is used in our area, and it will help CAMPO plan for transportation improvements through 2040.

The group will ask the Town Council to officially endorse the study.

CAMPO will also present three strategies for Clayton to put the study into action. They are:

  1. Encourage Higher Densities in Key Locations: Pursue options to encourage higher densities of residential and non-residential development in key targeted locations.
  2. Encourage Mixed-Use Development: Adjust Clayton regulation to permit and encourage mixed-use development activity centers.
  3. Coordinate Capital Investment Plans for Key Infrastructure: Coordinate public investment in infrastructure to align with and support future economic growth and land use development plans and maximize joint funding opportunities.

CAMPO presented the study on March 27 to the Planning Board, which recommended the Clayton Town Council endorse it.

Setting May 1 Public Hearings

The Town Council will take a first look at the following items and consider scheduling public hearings for them on the May 1 agenda:

Abbington Forest: 72 Apartments off U.S. 70 Business, East of WakeMed Clayton Medical Park

ReaVentures seeks a special-use permit to develop a 72-apartment complex on 4.94 acres of vacant land owned by Omkrishna LLC. The land is located off U.S. 70 Business, just east of the WakeMed Clayton Medical Park (across from the ABC Store.)

The special-use permit is required to develop apartments in land zoned Office-Institutional (O-I).

On March 27, the Planning Board reviewed the special-use permit request, along with a proposed site plan. The site plan showed three, three-story apartment building and a clubhouse; a 143-space parking lots; and access to motorists via U.S. 70 Business using a right turn in and a right-turn-only exit.

The Planning Board had significant concerns that the site plan did not meet Town code requirements. To give the applicant time to address these concerns, the Board voted to postpone its decision until April 24.

At the applicant's request, the Planning Board did not similarly postpone the special-use permit. Instead, the Planning Board passed the request along to the Town Council and recommended it be denied.

The Board recommended denial because, under the Town's Unified Development Code, special-use permit requests are required to be joined with a site plan.

Rezoning on Gateway Drive off U.S. 70 Business

Windswept Properties of NC LLC seeks to rezone a 1.18-acre lot to Office-Institutional (O-I) from Highway-Business Special-Use District (B-3 SUD). The land is located on Gateway Drive, in the medical park located across U.S. 70 Business from the ABC Store. The applicant owns the land.

The property is vacant, and the applicant is preparing it for future sale and development. Many of the nearby medical offices are zoned Office-Institutional.

On March 27, the Planning Board reviewed the rezoning request and recommended it for approval.

Setting the May 1 Consent Agenda

While the Council does not vote at work sessions, routine and otherwise uncontroversial items may be grouped together onto a Consent Agenda, which the Council approves together in a single vote at the following meeting. Here are the items up for placement on the May 1 Consent Agenda:

Live Burn Fire Department Training at 534 W. Main St.

The Fire Department seeks Council approval to close West Main Street between South Moore and South Robertson streets on May 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The department plans to conduct a live-burn training exercise in a vacant home at 534 W. Main St. Live burn exercises allow our firefighters to practice their skills in real-world conditions.

The training exercise has been approved by the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Health Hazards Control Unit of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health.

Agreement with Johnston County for Stormwater Management

The Council will consider updating the formal agreement that delegates the Town of Clayton's stormwater management to Johnston County.

All Star Waste Services Contract

The contract would allow the Town to transition in early July to All Star Waste Services for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you Monday night.

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