Fayetteville City Council Meeting

Fayetteville City Council
Regular Meeting
August 11, 2014


  • Property located at 2346 Gillespie street (Amerco Real Estate Co.) has been rezoned from commercial county zoning to light industrial zoning. Purpose of the rezoning is to expand the business.
  • Property located 2140 Skibo Road (Edwin Clark, Billie Clark, David Clark) has been rezoned from mixed residential and commercial zoning to half community commercial zoning.  Purpose of the rezoning is to expand property to commercial along Skibo Road

Other Items of Business:

Approved unanimously was the Coliseum Tourism Overlay Zoning District.  The purpose of this new district is to regulate development around the Crown Colisium.  The overlay district is generally bounded by Owen Drive, NC Hwy 87, E. Mountain Drive and US HWY 301 (Gillespie Street) on both sides.

Background: (the following information is from a city memo)

The proposed overlay is the result of several recent efforts:  major initiatives by Cumberland County to improve operations at the Crown; concerns about recent applications for new billboards along major approaches to the Crown; and renewed concern at all levels about the condition of the major gateways and areas around our economic engines.  

Most new development or significant redevelopment within the County overlay will likely involve annexation.  Consequently, staff developed a set of land use standards and regulations modeled after the County ordinance but incorporating other City standards.  The City’s overlay would be applied as part of any initial zoning.
Key issues include the boundaries, scope of uses allowed, on and off premise sign standards, and the nonconforming standards regarding when increased or complete compliance becomes required.  For the City overlay, all UDO standards would be applicable except where the Overlay establishes more restrictive standards. Specific examples of standards common to both the City and County regulations include:
Boundary:  The City and County ordinances recognize the same overall overlay area, but each has separate Code regulations, as similar as possible, that can be applied to properties with their respective jurisdictions.  The modified restrictions on billboards also match the area approved by the County.  
Uses:  The range of permitted uses is restricted to encourage those that complement and strengthen the event / tourism activity center anchored by the Crown Coliseum.  Because single family residential is not permitted, the County removed the existing Dogwood Acres subdivision from the overlay and exempted existing residential uses from the overlay standards. The City’s draft includes those provisions but, because of continuing concerns from residents, the draft includes a new statement at the very beginning that clearly excludes existing detached single family structures legally conforming before adoption of the overlay.
Signs:  The County’s C1(P) sign size standards are applied to the Overlay and the ordinance has been adjusted to incorporate the City/County standards directly rather than by reference.  It also incorporates County standards restricting billboards to roadways with limited or full-control of access as well as a 1000′ setback along Gillespie from Owen Drive to Seven Mountain Road, along with existing City billboard standards.

Nonconforming Standards:  The ordinance matches the County’s amendment in reducing the time to 180 days that a use could remain inactive before being required to comply with any new standards.  Compliance is also the same — triggered when damages or cost of repairs/renovations exceed 40 percent of the structure’s reproducible value or its bulk (including foundations).

The Council approved amendments to the City Code Chapter 30 of the Unified Development Ordinance which will define and classify cottage develoments.

Background: (the following information is from a city memo)


While a powerful tool in a redevelopment toolbox and increasingly desired by young professionals, empty nesters and retirees, this type of individual, compact housing in a community setting is not allowed by the code. The amendment defines, classifies and sets the use-specific standards for “cottage development.” Cottage developments are small clusters of houses oriented toward each other across a common green area and accessed by a small lane as part of a single development.  The use could be approved in the AR and all SF single family zoning districts through the Neighborhood Compatibility process.  Choosing this housing type triggers development standards regarding number, size, orientation, landscaping and common areas that help unify the development and protect the value and character of the surrounding area.

Because of its small size, a cottage development can be an opportunity for affordable housing, but many are very desirable higher end products that hold their value well because of the character of the houses, their level of finish (more resources are available for quality interior materials and detailing),  and the strong sense of community within this type of development.


The Council approved unanimously the Multimodal Transit Center Construction Contract in the amount of $11.625 million to Construction Systems Inc.  out of Fayetteville North Carolina.

Quote of the night:

Mayor Robertson – “Welcome Representative Floyd and Commissioner Evans.  So glad to have ya’ll slumming with us tonight.”
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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".