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Agenda

Morganton Planning & Zoning Commission
Agenda: Thursday, November 10th, 2016
City Hall Council Chamber
305 East Union Street (Suite A100)

I. OLD BUSINESS:

Item 1: Review and approval of the October 13th, 2016 Minutes.

Item 2: Review of City Council action since last meeting.

II. APPEARANCES

This Agenda time is reserved to provide citizens an opportunity to appear before the Planning Commission about issues other than those appearing on the agenda. Citizens may present their planning ideas, opinions or concerns for Commission consideration and discussion. Anyone wishing to speak should come to the podium, state their name, and address for the record.

III. NEW BUSINESS

Item 1: Consideration of a zoning ordinance text amendment to section 4.6.6 (A) of the Morganton Zoning Ordinance changing parking with the Central Business District zoning district to require no parking, either off-street or on-street, for any use.

IV. OTHER ITEMS OF DISCUSSION

V. ADJOURN

Next Scheduled P&Z Meeting: Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 5:15 PM
City Hall Council Chamber

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Minutes

Minutes
Morganton Planning & Zoning
November 10th, 2016

Members Present:

Hank Dickens, Chairman
Bill Lennon, Vice-Chairman
Claude Huffman
Waits Gordon
Rick Lingerfelt

Members Absent:

David Kirk
Judy Francis
Pete Wallace
Don Smith

Also present from the City staff were Phillip Lookadoo, Director Development Design Services; and Jackie Cain, Administrative Manager.

 

I. OLD BUSINESS:

Item 1: Review and approval of the October 13th, 2016 Minutes.

Mr. Dickens stated a copy of the minutes had been provided.  Mr. Dickens asked if there were any changes for the minutes. Mr. Dickens made a motion that the minutes be approved as submitted (5-0).

Item 2: Review of City Council action since last meeting.

Mr.  Lookadoo reported Planning Commission had last met on October13th, 2016 and those items were reviewed by City Council on November 7, 2016. City Council approved a rezoning of approximately 9.82 acres of property located at 612 & 614 Carbon City Road from Conditional Use (CU) and Medium Intensity Density (MID) to High Intensity (HI) submitted by Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation.  He also stated staff had met today with REA and engineers to discuss their upcoming project for the property. 

II.      APPEARANCES: 

Mr. Dickens stated this time is set-aside for individuals to come before the planning board to express any planning related concerns to the planning board.

None.

III. NEW BUSINESS:

Item 1: Consideration of a zoning ordinance text amendment to section 4.6.6 (A) of the Morganton Zoning Ordinance changing parking with the Central Business District zoning district to require no parking, either off-street or on-street, for any use.

Mr. Lookadoo explained the existing regulations and discussed the parking difficulties for new development. He directed commission’s attention to the current regulations, reviewing the ordinance requirements for number of parking spaces.  He commented, while reviewing residential density downtown, that there was one component which could be addressed and that was on-site parking.  He stated when requiring parking you are creating an inefficient development pattern.  

EXISTING REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:  

4.6.6 NUMBER OF PARKING SPACES

(A)  All new developments in all zoning districts shall provide a sufficient number of off-street parking spaces to accommodate the number of vehicles that ordinarily are to be attracted to the development in question.  Proof of sufficient parking shall be provided upon application for a Zoning Permit

THIS WORDING IS PROPOSED FOR REPLACMENT WITH:

4.6.6 Number of Parking Spaces

(A) All new developments in all zoning districts shall provide a sufficient number of off-street parking spaces to accommodate the number of vehicles that ordinarily are to be attracted to the development in question except as provided in subsection 4.4.6 (A) (1) (below) .  Proof of sufficient parking, except for the central business zoning district, shall be provided upon application for a Zoning Permit.

( 1) Within the Central Business District, off-street parking is not required. On- Street parking is to be shared and may not be allocated to individual owners or businesses unless a valet parking agreement, in a form and of content to the satisfaction of the City Attorney, is reviewed by the Planning Commission and approved by City Council. 

Mr. Lookadoo stated staff added section regarding valet parking to assist with restaurant and hotel use.  He directed commission to a map of the downtown central business district. 

Mr. Lookadoo then showed commission a map which identified Downtown Morganton parking areas.  He identified the green areas as all day parking, the yellow as 4 hour parking, orange as 2 hour and the red area as 10 min parking. He stated the map is showing a large amount of public parking available in the downtown district.  

Mr. Lookadoo stated this amendment would address the particular issue and parking requirements would be addressed according to the new development use. He added reducing the minimum amount to zero does not mean the development would not have to provide on street parking.

Mr. Lookadoo stated adding to the amendment that states you must have on-site parking and proof of the on-site parking upon the application of the permit.  He stated a new developments within the Central Business District that off-street parking is not required. On- Street parking is to be shared and may not be allocated to individual owners or businesses unless a valet parking agreement, in a form and of content to the satisfaction of the City Attorney, is reviewed by the Planning Commission and approved by City Council.  Mr. Lookadoo stated the valet parking reference was added for hotels or restaurants to provide this service to its patrons.

Mr. Lookadoo stated based on research of other downtown zoning districts and the intent to maintain the urban character of our downtown, staff recommends the proposed amendment as submitted. 

Mr. Lennon asked about cab stands and would it fall under the valet parking criteria.

Mr. Lookadoo stated no, that was not the intent.  He stated the cab stand idea would need to be researched and revisited.

Mr. Gordon spoke about clarification of restaurant to go parking and the valet parking…

Mr. Lookadoo clarified the two would be different uses.

Mr. Dickens opened public comment.

Mr. Dickens asked Ms. Jablonski, City of Morganton Mainstreet Director, questions regarding the valet parking, stating the idea is quite visionary, but would require the city to be involved.

Ms. Jablonski, City of Morganton Mainstreet Director, stated the valet parking would be an opportunity for the evening hours.

Mr. Gordon asked where the cars would be taken to, on the development site?

Mr. Dickens stated his interpretation was that it would require a city agreement.

Mr. Dickens closed public comment.

Mr. Dickens stated the following was submitted as a re-arrangement of the amendment, he added the same intent was still there.  

(A)   All new developments in all zoning districts, excluding the Central Business Zoning District, shall provide a sufficient number of off-street parking spaces to accommodate the number of vehicles ordinarily attracted to a specific proposed development, except as provided in subsection 4.6.6 (A) (1) below.   Proof of sufficient parking, except for the Central Business Zoning District, shall be provided upon application for a Zoning Permit.

(1)   Within the Central Business Zoning District, off – street parking is not required.  On – street parking spaces are to be shared and may not be allocated to individual owners or businesses unless a Valet Parking Agreement with the city has been approved. This agreement shall be submitted in a form and content satisfactory to the City Attorney, reviewed by the Planning Commission and ultimately approved by City Council.

Commission discussed the submittal having no objection, Mr. Dickens made a motion to approve the amendment with changes and seconded by Mr. Lennon, passing   unanimously (5-0). 

Mr. Dickens stated City Council would review this item at their December 5thth, 2016 meeting at 6:15 p.m.

IV. OTHER ITEMS OF DISCUSSION

None

V.        ADJOURN 6:10 p.m.  

Next Regular Meeting:  Thursday December 8th, 2016 at 5:15 PM

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Minutes

Morganton Planning & Zoning

November 10th, 2016

Members Present:                                                       Members Absent:

Hank Dickens, Chairman                                            David Kirk 

Bill Lennon, Vice-Chairman                                       Judy Francis

Claude Huffman                                                         Pete Wallace

Waits Gordon                                                             Don Smith

Rick Lingerfelt

 

 

Also present from the City staff were Phillip Lookadoo, Director Development Design Services; and Jackie Cain, Administrative Manager.

 

I.                   OLD BUSINESS:

 

Item 1:            Review and approval of the October 13th, 2016

Minutes.

 

Mr. Dickens stated a copy of the minutes had been provided.  Mr. Dickens asked if there were any changes for the minutes. Mr. Dickens made a motion that the minutes be approved as submitted (5-0).

 

Item 2:            Review of City Council action since last meeting.

 

Mr.  Lookadoo reported Planning Commission had last met on October13th, 2016 and those items were reviewed by City Council on November 7, 2016. City Council approved a rezoning of approximately 9.82 acres of property located at 612 & 614 Carbon City Road from Conditional Use (CU) and Medium Intensity Density (MID) to High Intensity (HI) submitted by Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation.  He also stated staff had met today with REA and engineers to discuss their upcoming project for the property.

 

 

II.      APPEARANCES:

 

Mr. Dickens stated this time is set-aside for individuals to come before the planning board to express any planning related concerns to the planning board.

 

None.

 

III.          NEW BUSINESS:

 

Item 1:     Consideration of a zoning ordinance text amendment to section 4.6.6 (A) of the Morganton Zoning Ordinance changing parking with the Central Business District zoning district to require no parking, either off-street or on-street, for any use.

 

Mr. Lookadoo explained the existing regulations and discussed the parking difficulties for new development. He directed commission’s attention to the current regulations, reviewing the ordinance requirements for number of parking spaces.  He commented, while reviewing residential density downtown, that there was one component which could be addressed and that was on-site parking.  He stated when requiring parking you are creating an inefficient development pattern. 

 

 

EXISTING REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: 

4.6.6 Number of Parking Spaces

 

 (A)  All new developments in all zoning districts shall provide a sufficient number of off-street parking spaces to accommodate the number of vehicles that ordinarily are to be attracted to the development in question.  Proof of sufficient parking shall be provided upon application for a Zoning Permit

 

   THIS WORDING IS PROPOSED FOR REPLACMENT WITH:

 

4.6.6 Number of Parking Spaces

 

(A)       All new developments in all zoning districts shall provide a sufficient number of off-street parking spaces to accommodate the number of vehicles that ordinarily are to be attracted to the development in question except as provided in subsection 4.4.6 (A) (1) (below) .  Proof of sufficient parking, except for the central business zoning district, shall be provided upon application for a Zoning Permit.

 

( 1)       Within the Central Business District, off-street parking is not required. On- Street parking is to be shared and may not be allocated to individual owners or businesses unless a valet parking agreement, in a form and of content to the satisfaction of the City Attorney, is reviewed by the Planning Commission and approved by City Council.

Mr. Lookadoo stated staff added section regarding valet parking to assist with restaurant and hotel use.  He directed commission to a map of the downtown central business district.

 

Mr. Lookadoo then showed commission a map which identified Downtown Morganton parking areas.  He identified the green areas as all day parking, the yellow as 4 hour parking, orange as 2 hour and the red area as 10 min parking.  He stated the map is showing a large amount of public parking available in the downtown district. 

Mr. Lookadoo stated this amendment would address the particular issue and parking requirements would be addressed according to the new development use. He added reducing the minimum amount to zero does not mean the development would not have to provide on street parking.

Mr. Lookadoo stated adding to the amendment that states you must have on-site parking and proof of the on-site parking upon the application of the permit.  He stated a new developments within the Central Business District that off-street parking is not required. On- Street parking is to be shared and may not be allocated to individual owners or businesses unless a valet parking agreement, in a form and of content to the satisfaction of the City Attorney, is reviewed by the Planning Commission and approved by City Council.  Mr. Lookadoo stated the valet parking reference was added for hotels or restaurants to provide this service to its patrons.

Mr. Lookadoo stated based on research of other downtown zoning districts and the intent to maintain the urban character of our downtown, staff recommends the proposed amendment as submitted.

 

Mr. Lennon asked about cab stands and would it fall under the valet parking criteria.

 

Mr. Lookadoo stated no, that was not the intent.  He stated the cab stand idea would need to be researched and revisited.

 

Mr. Gordon spoke about clarification of restaurant to go parking and the valet parking…

 

Mr. Lookadoo clarified the two would be different uses.

 

Mr. Dickens opened public comment.

 

Mr. Dickens asked Ms. Jablonski, City of Morganton Mainstreet Director, questions regarding the valet parking, stating the idea is quite visionary, but would require the city to be involved.

 

Ms. Jablonski, City of Morganton Mainstreet Director, stated the valet parking would be an opportunity for the evening hours.

 

Mr. Gordon asked where the cars would be taken to, on the development site?

 

Mr. Dickens stated his interpretation was that it would require a city agreement.

 

Mr. Dickens closed public comment.

 

Mr. Dickens stated the following was submitted as a re-arrangement of the amendment, he added the same intent was still there. 

 

      (A)   All new developments in all zoning districts, excluding the Central Business Zoning District, shall provide a sufficient number of off-street parking spaces to accommodate the number of vehicles ordinarily attracted to a specific proposed development, except as provided in subsection 4.6.6 (A) (1) below.   Proof of sufficient parking, except for the Central Business Zoning District, shall be provided upon application for a Zoning Permit.

 

(1)   Within the Central Business Zoning District, off – street parking is not required.  On – street parking spaces are to be shared and may not be allocated to individual owners or businesses unless a Valet Parking Agreement with the city has been approved. This agreement shall be submitted in a form and content satisfactory to the City Attorney, reviewed by the Planning Commission and ultimately approved by City Council.

 

Commission discussed the submittal having no objection, Mr. Dickens made a motion to approve the amendment with changes and seconded by Mr. Lennon, passing   unanimously (5-0).

 

Mr. Dickens stated City Council would review this item at their December 5thth, 2016 meeting at 6:15 p.m.

 

 

 

IV.             OTHER ITEMS OF DISCUSSION

 

None

 

 

 

 

V.        ADJOURN    6:10 p.m.  

 

Next Regular Meeting:  Thursday December 8th, 2016 at 5:15 PM

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