The Beaufort Board of Commissioners met in the Train Depot at 6 p.m. April 11, 2016, for their regularly scheduled meeting.

Mayor Stanley during the Inspiration Moment recognized James F Voliva, who recently retired from Public Works, with a proclamation and gift for 20 years of service, East Carteret High School sophomore Beau Studebaker for his recent wrestling state championship, the first in the school’s history and Public Works Director Mark Eakes with a proclamation recognizing his outstanding work managing the Front Street Paving Project.

Commissioner Hollinshed made a motion to approve the Items of Consent. All were in favor.

Approved were the following:

A. Special event application for Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge May 7 to waive ABC laws on West Parking Lot.

B. Special event application for Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market Farm to Table fundraising dinner May 26 to close to vehicular traffic and waive ABC laws on Craven Street between Ann and Broad streets from 4-9:30 p.m.

C. Minutes from the March 14, 2016, meeting.

D. Resolution Supporting Oyster Restoration To Enhance The Coastal North Carolina Environment And Economy.

E. Special Event application for Live on Thursdays summer concert series.

A Public Hearing was held to receive comments and consider approval of the subdivision text amendment changes due to legislative changes made in 2015. The text is available hereCommissioner Hagle made a motion to approve the amendments to the subdivision ordinance. All were in favor.

Landscape Architect Susan Hatchell presented to the Board the master plan for the Cedar Street Park. The presentation is available here.

Her presentation included information about the project’s background, objectives of the citizen committee, challenges, the public input meeting held March 3, elements of the final conceptual plan for Cedar Street Park and the streetscape for Cedar Street.

Commissioner Hollinshed made a motion to approve the concept only of the Cedar Street Park and move forward with planning based on the concept.

Commissioners Harker, Hagle, Hollinshed and Carter voted in favor of moving forward. Commissioner McDonald voting against the plan.

Assistant Town Manager Lauren Hermley presented to the Board the first draft of the FY17 budget and where Town is in the process. Her presentation is available here. She told the Board there are four items that need to be decided on: 

 1. Tax increase to fund paving

2. Elimination of commercial trash pick-up as a town

3. Raising residential trash rates to cover expenses

4. CIP funded vs. unfunded projects

The Board, after discussion, decided to call a special meeting at 8 a.m. April 20 in the Train Depot to discuss the four topics before the budget-focused work session April 27.

Preston Development requested an amendment of the PUD for Beaufort East Village. Mr. Garner explained to the Board that Preston Development requested to reduce the front and side yard setback for a “Type C” lot within the Planned Unit Development (PUD) Master Plan for Beau Coast Village. The affected acreage of the area in question is 85.74. His Power Point presentation is available here. The developer is requesting that they have an option on a “Type C” lot: 25-foot front setback, 15-foot rear and 5-foot side or a 5-foot front setback, 15-foot rear setback and either 0 or 5 foot side setback (front load). Mr. Garner then showed a table in the presentation that explains the variation request.

Done Mizelle with Withers Ravenel clarified that lot style c mirrored the town’s old R-8 zoning regulations. Mr. Mizelle said they worked with the developer and the staff to create these lot sizes. Additionally, type C1 was already approved for the village portion of Beau Coast in the PUD document; they’re just asking to do that in the larger lot section of Beau Coast. The impervious surface is not being increased. There are some environmental issues that the front-load garage lot will come into play such as if wetlands are at the back of a lot. The front load lot could be chosen because of buyer preference, builder preference, lot fit or environmental; there’s a number of reason to be able to utilize that lot.

Commissioner Carter made a motion to approve the PUD revision to use option 1 or option 2 for the Type C lots. All were in favor.  

Preston Development also requested that the Town of Beaufort limit the amount of impervious surface on Town-owned property within Beaufort East Village PUD. Mayor Stanley explained to the public before Mr. Garner took the podium that the properties in question are four or five tracts already deeded to the Town for well and stormwater retention.

Mr. Garner showed a map of the entire development with the property in question marked in blue, which is incorporated by reference and hereby made a part of these minutes. The map includes the maximum impervious surface request for each piece of property. The request was to have the limit of the impervious surface on these tracts be based on the application of the initial request of the stormwater permit of the original development. When the original project came through in 2008, each one of these tracts had not been cut out. When the stormwater permit was granted, it was for the overall acreage. When these pieces were cut out, it detracted from the total acreage. What the applicant is requesting is that the Town be willing to place the previously set limits on those impervious surfaces so the developers do not have to modify their stormwater permit or have to modify their development plan. None of these changes will prevent the sites from being used for their originally intended purposes.

Jim Hunt, 121 Carrot Island Lane, spoke as a resident and not as a member of the Planning Board, voiced his concerns. He did add that he appreciated hearing the comments made previously. Commissioner Hagle made a motion to approve as presented.  All were in favor.

 * This recap of the meeting is not the official minutes.