INC NEWS - DRAFT August Minutes
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Minutes of Meeting of August 23, 2005
Carrie Mowry Old North Durham , Historic Preservation Society of Durham
John Compton Old North Durham , Historic Preservation Society of Durham
Ben Comfort Spring Valley NA
Bobbe Deason Morehead Hill
Ken Gasch Colonial Village
David Harris Old Farm
Frank Duke City County Planning
Cathy Ahrendsen A Helping Hand
Julie Lawhorn Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
Don Stauffacher Marquis Pierre
Dominique Atwater CVNA juniors
Whitney Wickerson Colonial Village
Bill Anderson Duke Park
Michael Shiflett Northgate Park
Cheryl Shiflett NPNA
Melissa Rooney Fairfield NNA
Donna Smith Durham Parks & Rec
Mike Woodard WHHNA
Tammy Brown Durham Parks & Rec
Lugenia Mason Riverforest Neighborhood
Josh Parker Lakewood / Tuscaloosa
Marguerite Ward Rockwood
Pat Carstensen Cross County
Randy Pickle Forest Hills
Introductions President Bill Anderson opened the meeting. Members
introduced themselves. Thanks to Anne Guyton for providing agendas.
Brief Presentations There were a number of brief presentations.
1. The Colonial Village Junior Neighborhood Association talked about their
projects, which include distributing window air conditioners to seniors
without A/C and handing out Keeping in Step handbooks.
2. The Food Bank is asking neighbors to be eyes and ears for seniors who are
living independently and are stretching their budgets to cover food;
obviously, no-one wants to say they are hungry so confidentiality is
important. Call Julie at 956-2513 x224.
3. A Helping Hand does non-medical services (companionship, cooking, etc.)
for people over 60 and for temporarily or permanently handicapped
individuals. They try to find ways to provide free services first, then
charge on a sliding-fee scale. They screen and train volunteers. See
4. The legislative session is not yet over. We will need to start lobbying
on East End Connector for next round of transportation planning. Perhaps
transportation plans would be a good future topic.
5. Parks and Rec is trying to get to more community meetings to make sure
concerns and information about what they are doing are being shared.
UDO Pat Carstensen went over the Urban Committees analysis. Frank Duke
talked about the major changes that the UDO will make. Zoning enforcement
is fully staffed; in fact, 6 people removed 700 signs in one weekend. There
is more work to be done in making neighborhood meetings with developers more
productive for both parties. We approved language for INC comments at UDO
hearing (see attachment A).
Bonds / Oversight Committee River Forest still doesnt have a basketball
court so the kids play in the street. 1996 bonds didnt go as far as
expected and there is no way to do small projects like a basketball court.
Cheryl will work on a resolution for the next meeting to clarify how they
intend any oversight committee to be structured and act.
1. As of 9/12/05 we have $1440.11 in checking, $2225.39 in savings. The
treasurers report and secretarys minutes were accepted.
2. If you think you might want to be an officer, its fun. See Mike
Shiflett or Bill.
3. Neighborhood hero bash still has no date set.
4. Ken Gasch points out that a few houses take way more than their share of
crime-fighting resources. Some cities start to charge $80 / hour to the
landlord if the police have to come to the property more than 3 times a
year. This might encourage landlords to be more responsible about their
The meeting was adjourned.
INC has spent considerable time examining and discussing the UDO draft. In
general, we are enthusiastic about the UDO. A framework that acknowledges
that urban areas are not like the suburbs, tries to protect neighborhood
character, and formalizes processes and requirements is an immense step
ahead. We support passage of the UDO as quickly as possible to get its
benefits but there are a number of areas that need fixing first. The
details of our concerns are set forth in 45+ pages of comments. Some
specific areas of concern are:
1. We oppose shortening the notification interval from 14 days to 10 days.
2. We need to tighten up the regulation of driveways and front-yard parking.
3. We need to make sure that no new destabilizing uses are introduced into
long-established neighborhoods by the UDO. We can improve both the
restrictions on destabilizing uses and the incentives for stabilizing uses
4. We support the idea of Neighborhood Protection Overlays but have concerns
about getting the details filled in.
5. We need to put sufficient resources into training the Planning Department
and citizens to use the new ordinance, as well as planning to thoroughly
review the UDO in 12-18 months.
6. The threshold for doing a traffic impact analysis should be lower than
2.5 cars per minute.
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