ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

ORANGE COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

 

QUARTERLY PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

MAY 19, 2008

7:30 P.M.

JUDGE F. GORDON BATTLE COURTROOM

ORANGE COUNTY COURTHOUSE (new)

106 E. MARGARET LANE

HILLSBOROUGH, NORTH CAROLINA

 

NOTE: INFORMATION IS

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 DEPARTMENT OR THE

 CLERK’S OFFICE

 

 

 

 

NOTICE TO PEOPLE WITH IMPAIRED HEARING: Audio amplification equipment is available on request.  If you need this assistance, please call the County Clerk’s Office at 732-8181 or 967-9251.

Time

 

 

7:30

 

A.     OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR

7:35

 

B.    PUBLIC CHARGE

The Board of Commissioners pledges to the citizens of Orange County its respect.  The Board asks its citizens to conduct themselves in a respectful, courteous manner, both with the Board and with fellow citizens.  At any time should any member of the Board or any citizen fail to observe this public charge, the Chair will ask the offending member to leave the meeting until that individual regains personal control.   Should decorum fail to be restored, the Chair will recess the meeting until such time that a genuine commitment to this public charge is observed.  All electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers, and computers should please be turned off or set to silent/vibrate.

 

 

 

C.    PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS

7:40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Eno Small Area Plan:  An appointed citizen Task Force has been working with Orange County Staff to develop a Small Area Plan for the Eno EDD (Economic Development District) Area since June 2006.  The draft of the plan is now complete and contains Recommendations in the following topic areas:

 

·        Water and Sewer

·        Land Use and Zoning

·        Transportation

·        Housing

·        Parks, Recreation and Open Space

·        Communications

·        Intergovernmental Issues

·        Other Recommendations, including:

o Potential Strategic Growth and Rural Conservation (SGRC Program)

o Plan Updates

o Implementation

 

The draft Eno EDD Area Small Area Plan is available on the Orange County Panning Department website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/planning/admin_Eno_EDD_SAP.asp .

 

Purpose:  To receive public comment on the data, assumptions, and recommendations contained in the Draft Eno EDD Area Small Area Plan and receive direction from the Board of Commissioners as to subsequent steps.

 

2.      SUP-A-2-08 Farm Montessori School: REVIEW of a Class A Special Use Permit (hereafter ‘SUP) application proposing the development of a private, Montessori, school facility at 711 Terry Road (SR 1573) (TMBL 5.10..22 / PIN 0806-76-4683).  The property in question is located within the ENO Township, is approximately fourteen and a half (14 ˝) acres in area, and is zoned Agricultural Residential (AR) Lower Eno Protected Watershed Overlay.

 

The applicant, Montessori Farm School, is seeking a SUP in accordance with the provisions of Article Eight (8) and Section 8.8.30 to develop a private school based on the Montessori curriculum. 

The applicant intends to develop their school with a major emphasis on providing a farm/agricultural and science emphasis including:

a.   Farm and crop production,

b.      Animal care,

c.      Recycling, composting, and water conservation activities/projects.

Purpose: To receive public comment on the Farm Montessori School Class A Special Use Permit

 

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update Phase II:  The Comprehensive Plan is an official public document that includes analysis of existing and predicted conditions and provides guidance for future legal and policy decisions, as determined by Orange County. The updated Plan will serve to guide development and the preservation of resources within the unincorporated areas of the County, by addressing a multitude of issues.  The adopted Plan also serves as the statutory basis for many of Orange County’s land use regulations as well as the application of zoning districts, as zoning must be in accordance with a comprehensive plan.    

 

On October 3, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a process for updating the County’s Comprehensive Plan in two phases as follows:

 

Phase I, to include the development of Comprehensive Plan goals and County Profile Element; and Phase II, to include the remaining seven (7) Elements of the updated Comprehensive Plan.  Phase I was completed by the County in September 2007 and Phase II was initiated immediately thereafter.

 

During October 2007-April 2008, a Planning Consultant, County staff and the following County advisory boards have worked together to develop the draft Comprehensive Plan: Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Agricultural Preservation Board, Commission for the Environment, Economic Development Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Orange Unified Transportation Board, Planning Board, and Recreation and Parks Advisory Council.

 

The Comprehensive Plan includes the following eight Elements: 1) County Profile; 2) Economic Development; 3) Housing; 4) Land Use; 5) Natural and Cultural Systems; 6) Parks and Recreation; 7) Services (Utilities) and Community Facilities; and 8) Transportation.  Recommendations are also provided in the draft Comprehensive Plan that address the administration, implementation, and monitoring of the Plan that will need to take place following its adoption.

 

In addition to numerous citizen comprised County advisory board meetings, during Phase II of the update process, the County conducted public input meetings on January 28th, April 3rd, April 9th and April 23rd.

 

The draft Comprehensive Plan is available on the Orange County Planning Department website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/planning/compre_cpupdate.asp .

 

Purpose: To receive public comment on the updated Comprehensive Plan in its entirety and receive direction from the Board of Commissioners as to subsequent steps.

 

  1. Zoning Ordinance Amendment:  REVIEW of a proposed ordinance amendment to Article Six (6) Section 6.20.1 Large Ground Absorption System (3,000 gallons per day) and Package Treatment Plants Prohibited in AR Districts and Rural Buffer Districts clarifying the type of projects that are required to obtain a Special Use Permit or Planned Development approval for a proposed ground absorption system that has a design capacity over 3,000 gallons per day of sanitary sewage disposal.

Purpose: To receive public comment on proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.

 

  1. Sign Ordinance:  REVIEW of a proposed ordinance amendment(s) seeking to establish specific criteria governing the size, location, and number of permitted signs that can be located within:
    1. Parks, Public and Non-Profit (P14);
    2. Recreational Facilities, Non-Profit (S34);
    3. Recreational Facilities, Golf Course (S35); and
    4. Recreational Facilities, Profit (36)

land uses per Article 4.3 Table of Permitted Uses of the Orange County Zoning Ordinance.

Purpose: To receive public comment on proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.

 

10:00

 

D.    ADJOURNMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING