Weaverville - The Weaverville Police Department, along with members of the Weaverville Fire Department were treated to a cookout lunch Tuesday when members of Weaverville’s black community turned out to show their appreciation.
Law enforcement officers and firefighters, community members and Weaverville Town Mayor Dottie Sherrill enjoyed the lunch in the garage area of the police station at town hall. Read more...
“We’ve always known that we’ve had good support from every citizen here in Weaverville, but this really means a lot,” said Weaverville Police Chief Greg Stephens. “The friendship and the support these guys has shown us, it just reaffirms their commitment, and our commitment, to the community.”
First responders, in particular, were given credit at the event. “Today, we just wanted to show our support for our first responders, especially our policeman,” said Forrest Weaver, a Weaverville resident and retired officer with the Asheville Police Department. He was with an Asheville police officer for 33 years.
“Because of what they have gone through in the last several months, the way it has been covered in the news about these shootings, it’s though folks are turning against our police officers, and we just want to let them know that we’re here for them and our community supports them,” Weaver explained.
Weaver headed up the group of eight to 10 men from the black community who attended the event. “We can’t judge our officers by one or two bad apples. We just can’t do that. I just wish people would realize that and show officers that they are appreciated and do more for them. It’s a tough job.
“They’ve always been professional with us and we’ve had a good relationship with them,” Weaver continued. “We just want to let them know we’re there for them and will always be there for them.”
Also in attendance was the Rev. Lewis Grant, pastor of Little Mount Zion Baptist Church in Weaverville and a chaplain for the Weaverville Police Department. Asked to describe the black community’s relationship with the police in Weaverville, Grant said, “G-double O-D, we’ve been blessed...the people care and the officers care. Anything we need is available. The officers come by and check, and if they find a building unlocked, they let us know. It’s good to have people you can depend on,” he said.
The lunch consisted of a traditional southern cookout including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue slaw beans and drink.
Last weeks headlines
40 acres sold
By Emily Ostertag
Weaverville —HFW Endeavors LLC, of Charlotte, has purchased several parcels of land totaling approximately 40 acres in the Northridge Commons, paying $2,878,000 to MPV Properties, also of Charlotte, states the Buncombe County Register of Deeds. At this time, an application in terms of specific development has not been submitted to the town of Weaverville, said James Eller, Weaverville’s code enforcement officer and planner.Read more...
“The property has recently changed hands,” said Eller. “When I look at the Buncombe County Tax Department it tells me it was transferred on the 21st of July, so this is a relatively new occurrence. As far as any application in hand, we don’t have any.”
Aside from the larger parcels, which remain undeveloped, Eller explained, there is a Sonic restaurant being constructed in the Northridge Commons at this time. But Sonic’s construction began prior to this sale, he said.
“Absent whatever the new owners do with the property, they will still be governed by the special use permit, which was issued to the property back in 2008,” Eller explained.
This special use permit basically means, as Eller stated, businesses of a certain size have to go through a special process the town planner cannot approve on staff-level. Businesses of this qualification have to go through the zoning board of adjustment, as they issue findings, an order and design standards, he continued.
Northridge Commons alone has its own special use processes, which outnumber the entire book of codes and ordinances for the entire town of Weaverville, explained Eller. “So, it’s a complicated process,” he said, “which tells the developer or purchaser what they can and cannot do with the property.”
“I can tell that there are deed restrictions placed on all the properties within the Northridge Commons by Walmart and Lowes,” said Eller. “That document alone is 30 pages long. There is a design standard that I am committed to enforce on any business that goes in there.”
Laid out in the commons a little uniquely, explained Eller, one the parcels of land recently purchased by HFW Endeavors, LLC, will have a “snaking” main road running through it to the side of Walmart.
Estimating from the acreage, Eller guesses this development will be a conglomerate of some sort encompassing all of the remaining parcels in the Northridge Commons. Included in the purchase was the parcel between Walmart and Monticello Road where the Sonic was recently placed, a parcel near Steak and Shake and a parcel running along the interstate and Walmart, he explained.
“We just have a transfer from one LLC to another,” he said. “All I can really tell at this point is that it has been purchased by Henry Frank William Endeavors LLC, based out of Charlotte.”
Traffic study needed, subpoena possible
By Heather Berry
Weaverville – The Lake Louise Preservation Association (LLPA) won a battle in their efforts to prevent the construction of 21 single-family residences and approximately 50 parking places on 3.14 acres at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Quarry Road. A crowd of witnesses were sworn in as a group, see above. Read more...
It was standing-room-only Monday at the Weaverville Town Hall meeting of the zoning board of adjustment, which ended with a decision to continue the subject until a traffic analysis of the site was submitted. The possibility of issuing a subpoena to Mayfair Partners, developer on the project, wasn’t ruled out by Al Root, board chairman.
“If this was a smaller, less-ambitious sized development, I would say, ‘Fine, you don’t need a traffic study,’” said Warren Alcorn, board member. “But, there are many factors here, beyond just a plan for 21 houses and 50-odd parking places, there’s all the surrounding area to take into consideration,” he added.
Alcorn cited the different events held throughout the year at Lake Louise and suggested a thorough consideration of the traffic was necessary, especially in light of the town’s growth and increased attendance at these public events. “The parking there is, sometimes, extremely difficult,” Alcorn continued. He added that a traffic study was essential, before approval could take place.
“This is a very highly-dense area, because this seems to be where everyone gathers,” Alcorn added before making the motion to continue the discussion pending a traffic study.
Craig D. Justus, legal counsel for the developer, Mayfair Partner’s Greg Phillips, told board members a traffic study had been conducted at the expense of the developer, but submission wasn’t required, according to town regulations.
“I’m saying our traffic analysis doesn’t meet the threshold,” said Justus. While the traffic analysis wasn’t required, explained Justus, Mayfair did complete a study, but wasn’t willing or required to present the findings to the board or the LLPA. “We did extra, but that doesn’t mean we have to turn it over,” he said.
“I’m asking for the issuance of a subpoena,” said Bill Brazil, attorney for the LLPA, who argued one of the main complaints from the association is the possibility of increased traffic.
Mayfair’s Lake Louise development requires a special use permit granted by the zoning board of adjustment, before heading for final approval by town council. Criteria for a special use permit must show that measures are taken to insure the public and safety personnel has adequate access to roads. “Adequate measures have been or will be taken to provide ingress and egress so designed as to minimize traffic congestion in the public streets,” states the overview of Weaverville’s special use standards.
The Mayfair Lake Louise development proposal has been a point of contention since it was first brought to the town of Weaverville this spring. In June, a group of LLPA supporters protested outside the Weaverville Town Hall, while Mayfair representatives met with town officials. Led by Lake Louise resident Tom Plaut, the LLPA was formed and the group hired attorney Brazil to represent their opposition of the development. Initially, the group argued the town didn’t follow protocol, according to town ordinances, by inadequately advertising publicly the proposal to residents directly impacted by the development. Town officials acknowledged a mistake was made with a public notice concerning the proposal and started the proposal process from the beginning. In addition, audio problems at an earlier zoning board of adjustment meeting caused upset among residents. At Monday’s meeting, the board insisted all speakers speak directly into the microphone to avoid any further problems.
The next meeting of the zoning board of adjustment is set for Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.
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