Meetings 3rd Monday of each month (except Holidays) at Lady's Island Airport 10AM
January LICPC minutes
January 13th 2020, 10 AM County Airport meeting room
Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee
January 13, 2019
Call to Order
Approval of minutes – December 16, 2019
- Rules and Structure
County Projects Rob Merchant
City Projects David Prichard
Village Center Paul Butare
LICPC Structure – Progress update Jason Hincher, Paul Butare
Web Page Paul Butare
Tree Ordinances Michael Murphy (Guest)
New Business Jan Malinowski
Next Meeting February, 17, 2020
All members with exception of John Coaxum attended
A quorum was achieved
The meeting was well attended and the audience included:
Johannes Rojahn , Cat Island
Raz (?), Cat Island
Chief Bruce Kline, LI Fire Department
Nancy Merrill, Sea Island Coalition
Chuck Newton, Sea Island Coalition
Peter Somerville, Sea Island Coalition
Gordon Fritz, Sea Island Coalition
Greg Campbell, Sea Island Coalition
Unidentified member, Sea Island Coalition
Swinton Anderson, Sea Island Coalition
Noah Krepps Beaufort County
Meeting was called to order at 10:01 AM By Chairman Malinowski.
The Chairman restated the Mission of the LICPC as an independent organization, read the mission statement. A vote was taken and the Mission re-approved, unanimously.
Mr. Merchant reported that there was no new submission for Greenheath and that there is no active filing underway.
-Mr. Newton, Sea Island Coalition indicated that he met with the developer and was comfortable with their approach to trees.
Brindlewood, Small Development adding another 10 units
Alerted audience to meeting regarding Bay Point, Wednesday, 9:30 AM, at the SRT session
Mr. Butare presented views on the Village Center for discussion.
-The Village “Centers” are a major part of the LI Plan, and have not progressed as part of the implementation process
-The current, official Village center plan is outdated and no longer fully achievable at proposed location due to the developments of the “Old Publix” and the “New Publix”
-Mr. Murray supported the need to review the plans while County and City were redoing plans.
Mr. Malinowski asked Mr. Butare to head multi-member task force to progress this discussion further. Motion made, seconded and unanimous approval given.
Ratification would be made at the LI Plan Implementation meeting.
Established Committee for By-laws, Candidate Member Qualifications, Member Approval, Member Terms. Proposed ad hoc committee requested to bring forward drafts of each item to consider at March 2020 meeting. Proposed members....
Jason Hincher, Chair
Motion by Allen Patterson. Seconded by Paul Butare. Approved.
Mr. Butare demonstrated the initial LI CPC web page at LadysIsland.org.
Discussion ensued and ended in a statement by Mr. Malinowski that the site should be released and announced through social media and a Press release. It was also determined that prior to the announcement the LI Plan Steering Committee should be notified.
Michael Murphy and Julianna Smith presented initial conclusions of their analysis of the tree ordinances in Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort.
-Differences were identified
-Mr. Murphy suggested creation of a “Lady’s Island Standard” for trees, which would be used as a guideline to express the desires of the community. Where differences might exist between this standard and ordinances, the LICPC would address this with the appropriate entity.
-Further research will continue
-Updates will be provided at the next meeting on Feb 17th
-The Committee thanked Mr. Murphy and Ms. Smith for their excellent work
-A motion was made by Mr. Butare and seconded by Mr. Patterson, to request that this team continue to pursue this analysis. The motion was approved unanimously.
Mr. Malinowski responded to a question from Mr. Rojahn
about the recent sale of Cat island golf course, and whether it was possible that the course could be turned into a residential development. Mr. Malinowski provided the residents with the book and map location of a document that would provide insight into the issue. (Book 580, page 2470)
The meeting was adjourned at 11:20
Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee
The Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee met on December 16, 2019 at the Lady’s Island Airport.
Attendees: Voting Members - Jan Malinowski, Chair, Allen Patterson, Paul Butare, Cecil Mitchell, John Coaxum, Pat Harvey-Palmer, and Jason Hincher
Advisory and Guests: Stephen Murray, Councilman - City of Beaufort, Robert Merchant – Beaufort County, David Prichard – City of Beaufort, Mike Tomy – Beaufort County Metropolitan Planning Commission
Meeting was called to order at 10:00 by Mr. Malinowski
Minutes of November 18, 2019 approved.
- LICPC will remain advisory. Committee does not seek regulatory or decision making authority
- For 20+ years LICPC has provided advice and council to Citizens, developers and others
relating to actions which could impact Lady’s Island in material ways. This will continue.
-We will continue to assist in the resolutions of any disagreements between the County and the City
-We are pleased that the City has agreed to participate and very pleased that Lady’s Island resident and Director of Community and Economic Development, David Prichard will be our representative.
Councilman Murray indicated that he sees value in sharing opinions and on coordination with the County and citizens on matters of importance. The City agrees that an additional regulatory board is not needed but supports the advisory and citizen lead nature of the committee.
- The Committee shall improve external communication and recording of meetings - The Committee will develop by-laws and formal guidelines for (1) committee membership eligibility, (2) appointment procedures, (3) attendance requirements, and (4) term limits .
- The Committee will seek a higher level Lady's Island Village Center Plan to help harmonize County/City zoning differences and to support regulatory guidelines ensure a clear vision of the village center.
Chairman Malinowski departed and turned the meeting over to Mr. Butare.
Communication and Outreach – Mr. Butare
-The LI Implementation Committee realizes that we must speak with a single voice, at the same time wherever possible.
-Same message to all
-Courtesy to all stakeholders so there are no surprises
-Discussion of a recent communication published by an active citizens group containing errors and omissions. Emphasizes the need for even more commitment toward unity and common objectives. (see below)
Greenheath - Mr. Merchant
- Tentative plans were submitted by the developer in September which showed 187 homes on the parcel, which was a reduction from the more than 300 which were permitted by the abandoned PUD.
- Discussion of tree protection at the site. Mr. Merchant agreed to provide the CPC
with the current tree ordinance and to keep the Committee posted regarding developments related to the tree ordinance.
- Members agreed that there is substantial concern and interest in preserving as many
trees as practical, and to maximize buffers where possible.
-Discussion of SICC representative’s independent meeting with Mungo Builders to
discuss Greenheath project and how doing duplicates CPC’s responsibilities.
Celadon – Mr. Merchant
-Progress continues on expansion of the development
-This is a good example of good coordination and outcome using the new Code
Fairfield/Brendlewood – Mr. Merchant
-Potential 20+ unit development.
-Beaufort Academy potential expansion
Septic/Density Text Amendment – Mr. Merchant
-Without sewer, density is limited to 1 home per 2 acres
-Developments greater than 4
-With Sewer 4 homes per acre allowed.
-Second reading of the amendment is on Jan 13th at the County Council meeting
- One update has been published by a Special Interest Group. It did not mention the exemption for small parcels, which is crucial for general public understanding. These highlight the need for greater emphasis on speaking with a “single voice”.
- The “septic ordinance” would limit the reliance on septic systems by prohibiting their use on lots smaller than one-half acre in minor subdivisions, and two acres in major subdivisions. The purpose of the proposed amendment to the Community Development Code is to manage growth on Lady’s Island by encouraging more orderly development patterns, and promoting environmental health by limiting the proliferation of on-lot septic systems on small lots.
The amendment was approved unanimously by the County Natural Resources Committee on Oct. 21, and is now before County Council. Third reading is expected in January 2020.
A second draft that will shortly be published by another group, but for which we have a chance to request amendment or revision.
Match provision of sewer or septic to development density: Beaufort County drafted an ordinance that would restrict development to one residential unit per two acres if sewer is not available. High density development that relies on septic systems poses a risk to the water quality in our region. This change also ensures that densities are lower in our rural areas, where urban services are unavailable. We anticipate Beaufort County Council will consider this ordinance in January 2020.
County / City Codes Harmonization
- General discussion about the need to “harmonize” the zoning between the City and the County to eliminate confusion and “Zoning shopping”
-David Prichard and Rob Merchant agreed that they would undertake this effort and would provide an update at the next meeting.
Rob McFee Transportation FAQs – Mr. Butare
- - Agreed to share them with the LI CPC.
Mission Statement – Mr. Butare
- - Mr. Butare requested a motion to adopt CPC’s mission statement. The motion was - made by Jason Hincher and seconded by Allen Patterson. The motion carried - - unanimously.
Next Meeting - January 13th at 10 AM.
- - Mr. Merchant is handling room reservations for our meetings.
Meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.
Paul Butare, Secretary
Lady’s Island CPC met on November 17 at 10 AM
All members were in attendance except for Pat Harvey Palmer.
At the meeting, Jan Malinowski was unanimously elected as a chairman replacing Robert Semmler.
Mr. Malinowski read a suggested mission statement to the audience. All agreed this was a fair representation for the intent is Lady’s Island Community Preservation Committee.
Discussion was had about the more than 22 year successful existence of the CPC.
Discussion about Membership resulted in a recommendation that new members be considered after sponsorship from one of the existing committee members. That recommendation would be forwarded to either the MPC or the Lady’s Island steering committee. (TBD)
Mission statement will be circulated and voted upon at the next meeting.
The group discussed if it would be possible to get the City to advise us of annexation requests.
-Mr. Butare contacted David Prichard, who indicated that is easily possible with a simple email request.
-I suggest that we all get on the distribution initially and decide later if we want to change that.
The LICPC will continue the standing meeting time of 10AM, the 3rd Thursday of every month. The next meeting is December 16th 2019.
The Committee agreed that it would continue its function as an advisory group
Charter is to continue to provide an opportunity for applicants to hear a sense of the community and zoning issues
-Save money for applicant
-Give LI Citizens a voice
-Is voluntary in the City and County
-Body has no legal or enforcement status, it is advisory
-Consideration is being given to increasing outbound communication and to enhance citizen representation for issues impacting Lady’s Island (may or may not be zoning)
The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 AM
Draft Mission Statement
The future of Lady’s Island belongs in the hands of invested Lady’s Island residents, both recent arrivals and long-time residents, including businessmen and businesswomen guided by reasonable, but not inflexible, County and City policies and charged with the responsibility to make Lady’s Island a great place to live and work.