There was standing room only Thursday evening during the May meeting of the Stanfield Board of Commissioners. Town residents filled town hall awaiting information regarding the potential rezoning of a plot of land between Renee Ford Road and Browns Hill Road.
The 76 acre tract of land was recently purchased by the county as a site to develop for industrial use. Andy Lucas, Stanly County Manager, addressed the board regarding the county’s request for rezoning of the property.
According to Lucas, the county began looking for a tract of land in Western Stanly County of at least 50 acres that could be developed as an industrial park. Western Stanly County was chosen for its growth potential and its proximity to I-485 and the Charlotte market.
“We trying to develop places where we can grow jobs, more industry and tax base for Stanfield and generally for Stanly County,” said Lucas.
“The western part of the county is critical to our future economic development,” he added.
The goal of the project is to help Stanly County become more competitive with surrounding counties in attracting business and jobs to the county.
“One of the things we run up against all the time is Cabarrus County and Union County have more readily accessible and available product that we do,” Lucas stated. “It’s very difficult to compete with our current privately developed parks…when the asking price for the land is much higher.”
Also, many of the privately developed industrial parks in the area were not developed with the idea of selling large acre tracts of land, making it difficult to compete for industry looking for a tract of land with space to build a 50,000 to 100,000 square foot building, Lucas said. He also pointed out, although there are some older buildings available, Stanly County does not currently have a 50,000 to 100,000 square foot building that is desirable to attract industry.
The 76 acre tract of land in Stanfield was chosen for its desirable location in proximity to Hwy. 24-27, proximity to other industry, availability of natural gas, grading of the land and availability of water and sewer infrastructure.
If the land is rezoned for industrial use, the project is laid out in phases. Phase one of the project is planned to be developed on Browns Hill Road. The county’s goal is to grade the land, develop a road and bring water and sewer infrastructure to attract a private sector individual to build a 50,000 to 100,000 square foot building.
“This will be an attractive park that will have restrictive covenants and will have buffers,” said Lucas. “It’s a place where folks are going to want to come and make investments and, when you drive out there, you can be proud to be a Stanly County resident.”
Following his presentation, Lucas answered questions from the community outside of town hall as the board concluded the town meeting. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for the next regular Stanfield town meeting on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m.
In other matters:
- No one spoke during a public hearing regarding the 2017-2018 budget.
- A public hearing was held regarding nine amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance. One resident spoke, asking the board if there were any stipulations regarding two family members serving on the planning and zoning board at the same time. Town Administrator Bridget Helms will research the answer. The board approved the amendments to the zoning ordinance.
- The board approved a request to send a letter of support to NCDOT for a potential sidewalk project along Hwy. 200. The letter will confirm the town’s support of the project and commitment to provide 20 percent of the funding, in the amount of $57,000, if the project is approved.
- Commissioner Greg Lucas provided the financial report as follows: General Fund $703,313.46, Powell Bill Fund $49,297.10, Enterprise Fund $143,789.11, General Fund CD $58,943.95, Enterprise Fund CD $104,486.83, N.C. Capital Management Fund General $2,020.21, N.C. Capital Management Fund Enterprise $2,620.76. Collected revenues in the General Fund are at 101 percent and total expenditures are at 80 percent. Collected revenues in the Enterprise Fund are at 114 percent and total expenditures are at 75 percent.
- The police report for the month of April is as follows: three disturbances, one assault, one stolen vehicle, five assist fire/EMS, six suspicious persons/vehicles, 502 business/neighborhood checks, 164 investigation calls, 18 citations/charges, five arrests, four business/residential alarms, one DWI, four mutual aids, one damage to property, two domestic violence reports and 187 total calls for service.
- The annual outdoor market is planned for Saturday, June 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pete Henkel Park. The market will feature crafts booths, yard sales, flea market and farmers market vendors. A 20×20 spot can be rented for $20 for the event. Vendors interested in participating should contact town hall at 704-888-2386.
- A white goods pickup is scheduled for Saturday, May 13. Accepted items include appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers.