The event dubbed A Day in the Park was almost drowned out by storms on Saturday, March 24. Heavy rains swept through the area in the morning but sunshine prevailed in the afternoon and some of the events were able to take place. Under blue skies and puffy white clouds, Tone Your Temple offered free mini yoga lessons for those interested. A small crowd gathered to watch as the women went through the exercises. The event took place at the Park on Fairview as an incentive to get people to fill out an online survey about their interest in Mint Hill’s parks. Story and Photo by Joyce Lavene
Mint Hill Commissioners were sworn back in on December 8 at the monthly regular board of commissioners meeting. The election results were certified by the town clerk who also gave the oath of office to Mayor Ted Biggers. Lloyd Austin was elected as mayor pro tem. There were no changes to committee assignments.
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Speakers during the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting on July 21 were emotional during the public comments period. They were concerned about the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). Each had an opposition to “urban style, high density neighborhoods”.
Their concerns included increased congestion, less of small town feel and overcrowding. Each person said they had received a flyer illustrating these points and had taken the survey which was available on the town’s website until June 20.
A few wondered why the 2000 land use plan, which was supposed to be viable for 20 years, is already being changed.
Mayor Ted Biggers addressed the speakers when the public forum was over. “Most of the members of this board endorsed the 2000 land use plan. We are well aware of what is on it. The new plan is not finished yet. It hasn’t been officially presented to the board to be considered. The public will be well advised when we are considering a vote on that. Once board members are able to look at the survey data, we will open it to the public.”
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A bill that would limit the guidelines municipalities can have in dictating the look of homes is now in committee in the state house. If passed, it could have repercussions for municipalities across the state.
Senate Bill 731, named the Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls bill, passed the senate on May 17 by a vote of 38-10. It was introduced by Mecklenburg County Senator Dan Clodfelter and seeks to “clarify when a municipality or a county may enact zoning ordinances related to design and aesthetic controls.”
The bill is now in committee in the state house awaiting a vote that will send it to the floor. Representatives will then vote again and send it back to the senate for the final vote.
State Senator Tommy Tucker (Dist. 35), who represents the Mint Hill area, said the version of the bill that came of the senate was softened and lacked the “teeth” it once had. He said that is why he voted for it.
“The paragraph that was limiting to municipalities was taken out,” he said. “This is a gut check for both entities—builders and municipalities.”
He said there has been very little response to the bill from the public or towns and acknowledged that towns don’t always know what’s happening in Raleigh.
Both Mint Hill and Matthews town leadership crafted a letter that voiced opposition to the bill. It will be sent to state legislators who represent the area. Continue reading
Presbyterian Hospital-Matthews held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony last Thursday. The hospital honored veterans and currently-serving military personnel. The ceremony featured an aerial demonstration, wreath laying ceremony, recognition of the Armed Services and service anthems performed by the Sun Valley High School Band. Special remarks were offered by Brigadier General Gary Wilfong of the United States Air Force (Ret). Event guests included employees, physicians, hospital leadership, volunteers, patients and guests. In addition, the mayors of Matthews, Mint Hill and Indian Trail were all in attendance.