Town of Maggie Valley
Regularly Scheduled Planning Board Meeting
December 8, 2004
Members Present: Chairman Patricia Tilley, Billy Case and Billy Brede
Members Absent: Richard Pierce and Jerry Zerbock
Staff Present: Manager Bob Shepherd, Planning Director Kevin Byrd and Town Clerk Vickie Best
Others Present: Mayor Jo Pinter, Don and Blanch Campbell, and David Pope of Smokey Mountain Retreat.
Meeting Called to Order
Chairman Tilley called the meeting to order 2:13 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom.
Approval or Correction of Minutes
September 1, 2004
September 13, 2004
October 4, 2004
October 6, 2004
MR. CASE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED. MR. BREDE SECONDED THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
Plat Review: Smokey Mountain Retreat
Mr. Byrd explained that the plans were rejected once due to deficiencies. The revised plans seem to be in order.
Mr. Pope, representing Smokey Mountain Retreat addressed the board stating that he was glad to see Maggie Valley taking more action in development. Mr. Pope added that Smokey Mountain Retreat stands ready for recommendations.
Smokey Mountain Retreat was incorporated into the ETJ area. Development is just now into the first 400 acres. Mr. Pope apologized for the single plats explaining that Mr. Byrd is working with him to being in more lots at a time. The plats presented are final plats. The lots can range in price up to $500,000 and range from 46,000 to 47,000 feet in elevation.
Mr. Byrd recommended approval, adding that the lots are well thought out as well as laid out. The standard of these lots go beyond the requirements.
Mr. Brede, being in accord, previously reviewed each individual lot, recommended approval.
Mr. Pope explained that the mission of the retreat is to be the most environment friendly development possible, to protect the waters, birds, vegetation, etc. Self-imposed regulations keep builders/developers from clear cutting trees. Self-imposed requirements are in place to protect Gaddis Branch, the only stream in the development. Every two lots have a third lot that will not be developed.
Mr. Case commended Mr. Pope on the development and invited him back for the discussion on landscape/ green space.
Mr. Pope stated that he would be glad to attend; adding, “Sells and benefits is reaped ten-time fold with wider roads and bigger lots”.
Mr. Case questioned the septic tanks and repair area.
Where there are Mountain Laurel and Rhodendrum the soil is light making it difficult to set a septic tank. Engineers are hired to do soil testing and file a report with the Haywood County Health Department. The lots are not platted to the creek leaving a large green space buffering. Mr. Pope felt the “bar should be raised” for development adding that requiring a bond for the completion of infrastructure is a positive move for Maggie Valley.
The roads in Smokey Mountain Retreat are complete but not all are paved. It is wise to wait at least one year for the roadbed for settle. Phase E will be paved in the fall of 2005.
Crown Vetch will be planted along the roadbeds.
MR. BREDE MADE A MOTION TO APPOVE THE LOTS PRESENTED, MR. CASE SECONDED THE MOTION, WITH ALL IN FAVOR.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
Mr. Byrd explained the plan. The water needs study will be for one year.
Manager Shepherd questioned if the Maggie Valley Sanitary District Manager is aware of the problems.
Mr. Case responded that the Sanitary District Manager has done a lot of data construction. Maggie Valley is fortunate to have a good water source.
The plan requires a program to educate the public on the importance of clean water preservation by distributing educational materials/ brochures.
As for the Flood portion of the plan, Maggie Valley has adopted a flood plain ordinance that addresses most items in the plan. An engineer will be required for the storm water run off portion. Maggie Valley needs FEMA mapping. The Campbell Creek area is not mapped. Maggie Valley requested FEMA mapping years ago.
A comprehensive hillside protection ordinance is State mandated. Mr. Byrd informed the board that there would be some issues that must be addressed but the hardship for Maggie Valley will not be as great as some municipalities. The storm water run off will most likely be the most difficult requirements to meet due to Maggie Valley being on the Valley floor.
Mr. Case felt the Hazard Mitigation Plan meshes with what the Town of Maggie Valley is trying to achieve.
MR. BREDE MADE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN AS PRESENTED BASED ON STATE AND FEMA MANDATES. MR. CASE SECONDED THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED BY ALL.
Continued Subdivision Ordinance Review
Mr. Byrd reported that the creek in question at Crockett Meadows has been determined trout water.
Mr. Case again emphasized the need for planning board field trips and the need to view the areas in question in person.
The board continued their review of the subdivision ordinance a section at a time.
UPON MOTION BY MR. CASE, SECONDED BY MR. BREDE WITH ALL IN FAVOR MEMBERS RECESSED FROM 3:55 UNTIL 4:10 P.M.
Mr. Byrd will research subdivision landscaped entrance signs and buffers.
The Board scheduled a workshop for January 19, 2005 after the regularly scheduled January 5, 2005 meeting.
ON MOTION BY MR. CASE, SECONDED BY MR. BREDE THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:20 P.M
Chairman Patricia Tilley Town Clerk Vickie Best