TOWN OF PITTSVILE
November 4, 2021
Chairman Kevin Bailey opened the November 4, 2021 regular meeting of the Pittsville Planning/Zoning Commission at 6:30 pm. Members present were Kevin Bailey, Jennifer Keener, Heather Riekert, Dwayne Mattox and Cheryl Tyndall. Also in attendance was Town Manager Joe Mangini and Peter Johnston.
Minutes of previous meeting on October 7, 2021 were approved.
Joseph Mangini, Town Manager:
The Town of Pittsville has replaced one (1) of the sludge beds at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The scheduled upgrades could result in operating the existing plant for another five (5) years under the current Discharge Permit. A new schedule for EDU’s will be presented in February or March 2022.
The Town of Pittsville has received a Grant from the State to finish the Water Treatment Plant Upgrade. Plans are being performed by Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. along with Singh Operational Services. Bids for the project should go out in December 2021 and the project should begin in July 2022.
Street Projects Bids will be reviewed by the Town Commissioners at the next Town Council Meeting on November 15, 2021. An Award Recommendation will be made.
The Town Elections was held on November 2, 2021. Commissioner Adkins and Commissioner Palmer were re-elected and Mr. Carozza will be the new Commissioner.
The Solar Panel Project completion date is November 15, 2021. If not, the Town of Pittsville can exercise the right to impose fines per day.
Dale Withers request for extension was approved. An official notice was sent to him regarding the extension.
West Field Estates is waiting for approval of the Public Works Agreement. Once complete the Planning and Zoning Chairman will sign the approved plat.
Old Business: NONE
A resident of Pittsville, Mr. Dan Henderson, who lives at 34688 Main Street, was in attendance. His concerns were regarding zoning for businesses. His intention is to open an auto repair garage. He also questioned if livestock such as horses and goats would be allowed in the town limits. Mr. Johnston advised him that a draft of the new Zoning Map and Ordinances will be available for public review, questions and comments before it is adopted by the Town of Pittsville. He also stated that the Town of Pittsville is interested in land use that will generate and increase revenue.
David Carozza expressed his concern regarding the issue of paper roads in the Town of Pittsville which are not maintained or used by the Town. Mr. Johnston stated the Town of Pittsville should never give up the right of way to any roads within the Town. Mr. Mangini suggested a study be conducted regarding this issue.
Mr. Johnston stated changes to the Zoning Code have occurred resulting in a discussion between Mr. Mangini and Tracey Gordy. The Planning Commission Meetings should only occur if there are items on the agenda.
Mr. Mangini mentioned the Solar Energy Systems. Inquiries have been made to the Town of Pittsville regarding solar farms in the Town limits. Mr. Mangini requested Paul Wilber, Town Attorney, to draft an ordinance to allow solar farms in certain areas that meet the criteria. Mr. Johnston stated he will incorporate Solar Energy Systems into the code. Definitions of Solar Systems will go in Article 2. Standards will be discussed in Article 9, Supplemental Use Regulations. Permitted Use Table will be listed as small, medium and large solar farms. A decision as to what zones should they be allowed needs to be made. A recommendation to put small solar farms under Permitted Uses and medium and large solar farms under Special Exception was made. Mr. Johnston stated ground mount systems should not be permitted in the front yard. The draft will address ground mount systems locations and requirements. He also stated medium systems be allowed if included in a site plan consisting of 20-30 units with the purpose of servicing the development. All were in agreement.
Mr. Johnston stated the next step would involve going public with the Ordinances. A notice will be sent out to the residents informing them about a Public Information Meeting. Flyers will be mailed along with the January 2022 Quarterly Utility Bill from the Town of Pittsville. Mr. Johnston will hold a Power Point Presentation and following there will be an open discussion session with the residents. The Public Information Meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 3, 2022. The information will also be placed on the Town of Pittsville Website with links to the Zoning Codes and Zoning Map. Copies will also be available at the Town Office. A PDF Draft of the Zoning Ordinances will also be available on the Town of Pittsville Website. Mr. Johnston will also provide approximately twenty-five (25) 11×17 Zoning Maps.
Commission Members Comments:
Kevin Bailey recommended adding the meeting time on the Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda.
With no further business, a motion to adjourn was made.
The next meeting of the Planning and Zoning Committee TBD.