Want input on how to frame CLUP survey questions?

This version of the CLUP, created over the course of the past year, could radically change depending on the results of the survey.

Call it a survey for a survey. When a group of citizens caught wind of a draft of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan about six months ago, the town staff and Board of Commissioners were forced to pull back the reigns on a plan they had developed in conjunction with a citizen advisory committee over the course of the previous year. Despite repeated attempts to get the community involved, it wasn’t until the most recent draft of the CLUP was released that the hives nest was stirred. A vocal group of citizens, mostly from along the Lebanon Road corridor, want to overhaul the original draft of the plan and cut back on high density housing.

To engage the community more efficiently, the town will send a survey out to see what citizens think is the proper way to guide growth over the next 30 years. However, the town is taking the survey one steop further by asking the town to give input in what questions to ask. That is what the CLUP Survey Development Workshop will be about tonight at 6:30 in the Independence High School “Mall Area.” The town staff will use to the meeting to allow Mint Hill and ETJ residents to submit potential questions and areas of concern for the 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) survey, which also includes the Lawyers Road & I-485 Small Area Plan (SAP).  The questions and input from the November 30 meeting will be used to formulate a survey that will be published online and also available as a hard copy survey.  Citizens who do not have access to the internet can come by Town Hall and fill out the survey on a computer in the lobby.

Town staff emphasizes that the purpose of the meeting is to gather potential questions and input for the survey.

The 2010 Survey Question Submittal Form that will be used on November 30 can be downloaded in advance.  Feel free to print copies and fill out a copy prior to the meeting.  Alternate submittal instructions are listed at the top of the form.

Since there will be no formal presentation or time for public comments at this meeting, we anticipate the meeting lasting about 60 to 90 minutes to allow time for the 2010 Survey Question Submittal Forms to be completed and collected.


Myrick applauds DEA for banning synthetic marijuana

US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) today praised the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their decision to make illegal the possession or sale of synthetic marijuana and the chemicals used to manufacture this substance.

Earlier this month, Rep. Myrick wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Department of Justice to prevent the distribution of this product, also known as “Spice” or “K2.”

“Given the unknown health risks associated with this new drug, I ask that you use any of your authorities – including adding this compound to the schedule of controlled substances – to prevent the distribution of this product. Continue reading


Rep. Brawley accepting page applications for 2011 legislative session

Want to be apart of history? If you are between the ages of 15 and 19 and are in good standing at your school, you could be a page for Rep. Bill Brawley for the upcoming session of the state legislature. Republicans have control of both the Senate and House for the first time in more than a century, so this session will not be typical by any means.
Pages are hosted for one week in Raleigh as they serve on the House floor, attend committee meetings, and learn how state government operates. Continue reading


Athletes from Limoges get to meet N.C. basketball royalty

Mint Hill TimesJerry Helms, a long-time Mint Hill area resident, gave some athletes from Limoges, France the chance of a lifetime last week. Helms, who has been active in taking Mint Hill sports teams to France, and bringing French teams here, arranged the team from Limoges to get photographed not only with Bobcats Coach Larry Brown, and former Limoges basketball player and current Bobcat Boris Diaw, but former UNC Coach Dean Smith.


Butler Rolls into State Semi-Final

The Butler Bulldogs defeated Richmond Senior 48-21 Friday night in the third round of the 4AA football playoffs.  Butler played the visitor role to perfection for the seventh time this season, running their win-streak to 29 games. 

It was a jam-packed, standing room only stadium that had the Raider fans in a frenzy when Richmond’s Walter Ellerbe went up the middle for a 74-yard touchdown for the game’s first score.  That’s when Bulldogs’ Quarterback Riley Ferguson went to work.  Thanks to great protection from his offensive line, Ferguson orchestrated four first-half touchdown drives.  Butler took a 27-14 lead into the intermission.  Their offense continued their dominance in the third quarter, breaking the game open with a 29-yard touchdown reception by Channing Stribbling.

Ferguson’s passing totals were 19 of 27 for 254 yards and four touchdowns.

“We felt like we could throw the ball on them,” says Butler Head Coach Mike Newsome.  “We were hoping that the weather would hold off, and we threw the ball like we thought we could.”

Newsome knows that the Bulldogs’ potent passing attack would not be as effective without the consistency of running back Jahwan Edwards.

*Read the rest of the recap on Butler’s victory, plus a preview of the Bulldogs’ rematch with Vance in the December 2nd issue of The Mint Hill Times.


Richmond County takes note of Butler’s online chatter

The Richmond County Daily Journal today gives a slight nudge of motivation to its Richmond County Raiders, the team Butler faces Friday in the sectionals of the 4AA state playoffs. The paper mentions a Twitter post made by a Butler supporter in which he links back to the highlights of the September 11 Bulldog victory over the Raiders in the first game of the season. From The Richmond County Daily Journal – Rolling into third round:

The opponent? A familiar one: The Butler Bulldogs, defending Class 4AA state champions and the only team to defeat the Raiders in 2010 — a fact the Bulldogs seem to delight in highlighting, with a link on the team Web site and Twitter feed to video from the teams’ meeting Sept. 11 at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, won by the Bulldogs, 21-7.

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