Town of Maggie Valley
Continued Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting
Friday, March 11, 2005
Members Present: Chairman Jay Ring, Larry Dubuke, Torry Pinter, and Phil Wight
Staff Present: Planning Director Kevin Byrd and Town Clerk Vickie Best
Others Present: Approximately twelve people in attendance.
Meeting Called to Order
Chairman Ring reconvened the meeting at 1:00 p.m on Friday March 11, 2005 in the Town Hall Boardroom.
Review of Planned Unit Development: Maggie Valley Resort
Mr. Byrd addressed the board recommended approval of the PUD overlay. The plans submitted are in harmony with the surrounding area.
Attorney Kirsten addressed the board explaining that the Town of Maggie Valley previously approved 350 units. Forty-four of the approved units have been constructed. The new plan being requested for approval will not be a repeat of the existing forty-four units. There will be no large buildings. The Maggie Valley Resort purchased the adjacent Alexander property thereby increasing the property from approximately 140 acres to 270 acres decreasing the proposed density by 60%. Maggie Valley Resort will be removing the exiting motel units. The roads will be self-contained within the project and maintained by the Home Owners Association.
Upon completion of the project, the Town will see a great benefit by sewer becoming available to surrounding properties.
Representatives of the Maggie Valley Resort conducted a constructive meeting with the adjacent property owners and alleviated their concerns about the road being closed going through Maggie Valley Resort’s property.
Attorney Kirsten then turned the presentation over to Andy Otten representing Melrose Design Group. Mr. Otten explained that 150 acres out of 272 acres would remain open green space. The newly purchased Alexander track of land will contain 57 single-family homes. The remaining newly purchased track of land will contain cluster single-family units. Along the edge of the property there will be multi-family unites equivalent to 1.2 units per acres.
Mr. Otis Sizemore, representing the surrounding property owners, confirmed that the property owners are satisfied with the proposed project. The roadway through the Maggie Valley Resort property will remain open to the adjacent property owners and property values will increase by the nature of the project. Representatives of the Maggie Valley Resort have been forthcoming with their plans and the impact on the neighborhood.
Chairman Ring questioned the commercial aspect of the project.
Attorney Kirsten responded that there would be tennis courts, a bar, and a restaurant. The impact of the development will be positive to both the Town and Haywood County. People purchasing these types of units will spend money in the area and are not a drain on the school system or the justice system.
Mr. Byrd informed the board that the Maggie Valley Planning Board recommends approval. The Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen has approved the effluent sewer system. The sewer system proposed enables the town to go beyond the normal sewer service. An annexation petition was filed with the Town on March 2, 2005 for the entire property.
Chairman Ring questioned if the setbacks around the perimeter of the property are approved.
A subdivision plan will be submitted for approval. All requirements will be met and regulation adhered too.
MR. DUBUKE MADE A MOITON TO APPROVE THE PLANNED UNIT OVERLAY DISTRICT. MR. PINTER SECONDED THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOULSY.
Mr. Pinter commended the representative on their project. Mr. Byrd agreed, adding that the project will “set the bar” for residential development.
The appeal of the Code Enforcement Officer’s decision will be heard at next month’s meeting. Mr. Steve Ledford was unable to attend the reconvened meeting.
Chairman Ring directed Mr. Byrd to complete the finding of facts.
Mr. Wight stated that if Chairman Rings accepts Mr. Hannan’s letter of resignation that he recommends Mr. Pinter as a full Board of Adjustment member.
Chairman Ring regrettably accepted Mr. Hannan’s resignation letter adding that it is a loss for the Zoning Board of Adjustments because Mr. Hannan was such an asset.
MR. WIGHT MADE A MOTION TO RECOMMEND MR. PINTER AS A FULL MEMBER. MR. DUBUKE SECONDED THE MOITON. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
MR. WIGHT MADE A MOTION TO APPOINT MR. PINTER AS VICE-CHAIRMAN. MR. DUBUKE SECONDED THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Mr. Byrd will continue to research sign issues and talk with the attorneys involved. Chairman Ring would like to a have joint meeting with the Maggie Valley Planning Board and review the sign ordinance. Chairman Ring talked with John Swift; Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Waynesville and found Waynesville handles sign issues differently. Chairman Ring asked that the sign ordinance be reviewed from Waynesville’s website.
ON MOTION BY MR. WIGHT, SECONDED BY MR. DUBUKE, THE MEETING ADJOUNED AT 1:38 P.M.
Jay Ring, Chairman Vickie Best, Town Clerk