STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
COUNTY OF HENDERSON
MARCH 29, 1999
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners met for a special-called meeting on Monday, March 29, 1999 at 5:00 pm in the Commissioners= Conference Room 140 at 100 North King Street. Present were: Chairman Grady Hawkins, Vice-Chair Bill Moyer, Commissioner Marilyn Gordon, Commissioner Renee Kumor, Commissioner Don Ward, County Manager David E. Nicholson, Assistant County Manager Angela S. Beeker, and Acting Clerk to the Board, Avalina B. Merrill. County staff present were: Planning Director Matt Matteson, Planner Karen Collins, Zoning Administrator Susanne Vernon and Staff Attorney Jennifer Jackson.
Absent were County Attorney Don Elkins and Clerk to the Board, Elizabeth W. Corn.
Chairman Hawkins called the meeting to order and welcomed all in attendance. He reminded the Board the purpose of this meeting was to conduct a public hearing and work session on the proposed Manufactured Home Park Ordinance. Commissioner Kumor made a motion to go into the public hearing. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moyer and the motion carried.
Chairman Hawkins asked Planning staff to proceed with the public hearing. Planner Karen Collins introduced the proposed Manufactured Home Park Ordinance. Ms. Collins informed the Board this Ordinance was recommended by the Planning Board unanimously (7 to 0) on February 23, 1999 and stated the public hearing was properly advertised in the Times-News as required by General Statute. Ms. Collins reminded the Board they directed staff to revisit the Aworking draft@ of the Ordinance to address some issues of concern. She stated issues raised by Commissioners, the Planning Board and a park developer were addressed in the revisions. Ms. Collins summarized the revisions as follows:
Ms. Collins further informed the Commissioners that the Planning Board decided to continue its discussion of proposed companion amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. Those amendments would bring the requirements for manufactured home parks in that Ordinance in line with those proposed in the Manufactured Home Park Ordinance. She told the Commissioners that the Planning Board and staff were working on some of the appendices to the proposed Manufactured Home Park Ordinance and summarized those as: Site Development Plan Requirements; Plant List for Buffers; Buffer Sketches; Examples of Manufactured Home Park Expansions; Construction Permit Application Form; Certificate of Completion Application Form; Variance Application Form; and Fee Schedule.
Chairman Hawkins continued the public hearing. Individuals who had signed up at the beginning of the public hearing to address the Board about the proposed Manufactured Home Park Ordinance were permitted to speak. That roster included the following:
Chairman Hawkins inquired of Mr. Prosky as to what time limits he felt should be appropriate for completion of improvements. Mr. Prosky stated he felt no time limit should be imposed on a construction permit.
Some of the Commissioners expressed concerns about some sections of the Ordinance. Chairman Hawkins reminded them that Planning Staff could address those concerns during the work session at the close of the public hearing. Chairman Hawkins asked if others in the audience wished to address the Board on the proposed Ordinance. Kurt Hume, a resident of Dana Hill Park, encouraged the Board to consider relaxing some of the regulations on the developer of such parks so that future expansion of current parks, such as Dana Hill Park, could continue. Mr. Hume stated that retirees and other residents of the County need affordable housing and manufactured housing is one way to satisfy that need.
Chairman Hawkins made a motion to conclude the public hearing at 5:45 pm. All voted in favor and the motion carried.
At approximately 5:55 pm, Chairman Hawkins reconvened the meeting and began the work session on the proposed Manufactured Home Park Ordinance. Planning Staff and Staff Attorney Jennifer Jackson joined the Commissioners at the meeting table to continue discussion on the Ordinance.
As the discussion continued on the Ordinance, Commissioners directed staff to revisit some areas of the Ordinance and make some revisions to better accommodate both the developer and tenants. One of the revisions the Board directed staff to include was a provision under the Certificate of Completion to be all inclusive of what the developer needs to make complete application. Commissioner Ward wanted revisions made to the Ordinance to address migrant parks or seasonal parks such as recreational vehicle parks. Mr. Ward wanted regulations incorporated that would protect the migrant worker but would also accommodate the farmer with affordable housing for the laborers. The Board also discussed a limitation on the number of pre-1976 units within new parks. The Board directed staff and the Planning Board to incorporate language on seasonal housing and to incorporate other revisions as directed and bring the Ordinance back to the Board for their consideration at their regularly scheduled meeting on 4/5/99.
Chairman Hawkins adjourned the work session at 7:10 pm.
Grady Hawkins, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Avalina B. Merrill