CORNELIUS – The disagreements between developer Jake Palillo and resident Kevin Violette about another phase of Bailey’s Glen spilled over multiple town board public hearings, emails and in-person meetings, leading to insults and threats of lawsuits, as well as compromises and concessions.
And while the town delayed its June 3 vote on the rezoning in hopes that lawyers could work out a final plan, it was ultimately up to commissioners to decide how to move forward.
“Thank you for the two weeks to try to work this out,” Violette’s attorney, Ken Davies, said at the June 18 town board meeting. “We traded thoughts by email and sat down at 10 a.m. today, and I thought we had a deal. We traded a few more emails, and it seemed to fall apart. There’s strong personalities involved.”
On Monday, commissioners approved rezoning 13.5 acres on Barnhardt Road to be added to The Forest at Bailey’s Glen retirement community. The aim is to build 16 single-family homes and to relocate the amenity center from Bailey Road to the property. The vote came with a laundry list of conditions that meet some of Violette’s demands and were approved by Palillo in writing. They include a lighting plan, with construction drawings, that limits light poles to 15 feet with cutoff lights installed; adding multiple landscaped buffer areas, including a 50-foot one along Bailey and Barnhardt roads; not removing any trees along Barnhardt Road unless required by the N.C. Department of Transportation; limiting rentals at the amenity center to Bailey’s Glen or Bailey’s Forest residents only; stopping outside amplified music by 10 p.m.; and not removing trees along Barnhardt Road during sidewalk installation.
“It’s a retirement community so I don’t see a lot of loud amplified music. I don’t see a lot of weddings – maybe some wakes,” Commissioner Kurt Naas joked.
A handful of Bailey’s Glen residents in attendance applauded the approval, though Palillo and Violette may have continued discussions.
“There’s a lot of spirit and emotion around that one, and we are going to see more and more of that as the town develops and neighbors get closer and closer,” Commissioner David Gilroy said after the vote. “It’s better to resolve complications on your own versus putting it in front of us.”
‘Street smarts’ gains traction
More than 100 comments and concerns have been submitted in the two weeks since the town initiated Street Smarts to get citizen input on the future of local roads.
Feedback may be offered at cornelius.org/streetsmarts.
The Transportation Advisory Board will review comments and ideas, and consider them for future road improvement projects. Responses are also posted on the website.
Boat hosts needed
Big Day at the Lake offers a chance for at-risk children and their mentors to spend a day on Lake Norman while also raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.
The mayor proclaimed July 20, the day of this year’s event, as Big Day at the Lake in honor of its 15th anniversary.
So far, $145,000 has been raised, just short of the $150,000 goal. However, boat hosts who are willing to take the children and their “bigs” out on the lake are needed for July 20.
Those interested in volunteering may visit bigdayatthelake.com/become-a-boat-host.
Sound off about noise
Though commissioners officially approved noise ordinance restrictions specific to music venues in some parts of town last month, complaints about volume have still been coming in.
“BoatYard Eats is planning an all-day concert on the Fourth of July, and I don’t know what we’ll hear – literally and figuratively,” Naas said when he brought up the complaints as part of commissioner concerns.
The Land Development Code Advisory Board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, in Room 204 at town hall, and Assistant Town Manager and Planning Director Wayne Herron anticipates noise being on the agenda, with time for public comment.
Herron said there is a difference between neighbors hearing music and it being a nuisance.
“We continue to try to find a middle ground,” he said.
Herron has also sought advice from other cities that have experienced similar issues, including Asheville, to better understand ways to measure sound and how it carries in order to tweak the ordinance if necessary.