Town of Maggie Valley
Planning Board Workshop
May 19, 2005
Members Present: Chairman Pat Tilley, Billy Case, Jerry Zerbock, and Richard Pierce
Staff Present: Planning Director Kevin Byrd and Town Clerk Vickie Best
Others Present: Jay Ring
Meeting Called to Order
Chairman Tilley called the meeting to order at 7:23 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom.
Review of Subdivision Ordinance
While working on the subdivision ordinance amendments, the Planning Board discussed street standards on several occasions. Mr. Case suggested using Haywood County’s street standards as framework.
Chairman Tilley stated that one of the biggest complaints she gets regards street maintenance. Valley Creek Run Subdivision streets do not meet Town standards, therefore the residents feel they get little for their tax dollars.
Mr. Zerbock felt Maggie Valley should maintain the roads in the manner they were when annexed into the corporate limits.
The board members discussed the topography of the land and the difficulty of installing 18-foot roads.
As for street maintenance, Chairman Tilley felt the town falls short in serving the citizens.
Mr. Pierce felt the town should maintain the minimum street standards in future developments. Because of the impact on mountainsides, Mr. Byrd agreed.
The board then discussed the domino effect as development moves up the mountainsides.
Private roads could possibly meet the Town’s desire if the number of lots were limited with wide T turns or cul-de-sacs at the end of the streets. The main artery should meet Town standards. The Planning Board would need to approve private roads.
After further discussion, the board proposed changing the definition of Private Drive as follows:
Private Drive: A private access serving no more than three (3) lots and not intended to be a public ingress or egress. Private drives are intended to provide direct access from a lot or building site to a publicly dedicated and maintained street. (See turn turnaround requirements for Private Drives in Section 801) (increased from 1 to three lots)
Section 801 Streets and Roads
Within any subdivision, no private drive, as defined in this ordinance, shall be allowed to provide access to more than three (3) lots provided a cul-de-sac or a modified “ Y” or “T” exists at the terminus of the pubic road. If using a “Y” or “T” one (1) extension extending at least twenty-five feet (25’) and the other extending a minimum of fifty feet (50’) and a maximum of one hundred feet (100’) which will allow a vehicle with a wheel base of at least twenty-five feet (25’) to complete a turning movement with a maximum of one (1) backing movement, shall be permitted. The Planning and Development Director and Planning Board must approve the use of private drives. (Increase private drives from 1 to 3 lots)
The Board members discussed the need to do on-site reviews. Mr. Byrd asked that Board members go to Linson Ridge Subdivision to assess the roads in next phase that will be coming before the board for approval.
The Board discussed storm water run-off and flood plain areas.
A volunteer walked Jonathan Creek providing data on the problem areas within the flood plain.
The Board will discuss Planning Board By-laws and increasing fees at the next regularly scheduled meeting on June 1, 2005.
ON MOTION BY MR. PIERCE, SECONDED BY MR. ZERBOCK, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:50P.M.
Chairman Patricia Tilley Town Clerk Vickie Best, CMC