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Stanfield gains a new commissioner; board approves changes to Land Use Plan

The Stanfield Board of Commissioners gained a new member as long-time resident Greg Bratton was sworn in during Thursday night’s meeting, with his wife and one of his daughters by his side.

Bratton, who is an inspector for Dicon Consulting, had been approached by members of the board a few months ago to fill the vacancy left by Larry Sides, who resigned for personal reasons earlier this year.

Bratton, 47, agreed to become a commissioner because he wanted to make a difference in his hometown.

“I’m looking forward to help make the right decision for the town and hopefully keep it a small-town feel,” he said.

Bratton will be responsible for reporting on streets and parks and recreation issues each month.

He was the right person to fill the vacancy because “he’s a lifelong member of our community so he’s invested in our town and he has small children that are also very interested in our parks and schools,” said Mayor Pro-tem James Kluttz, adding Bratton has always been a valued and respected member of the community.

With the Board now at full strength with five commissioners for the first time since the beginning of the year, Kluttz said more can now be accomplished to help support the town.

“Now that we’re fully staffed and we have commissioners responsible for all our different areas, we have a tremendous amount of work we want to do with our parks and recs and having Mr. Bratton on board now I think will help us start moving some of that forward at a more rapid pace,” Kluttz said.

Once Bratton was sworn in, the commissioners approved seven of the eight changes or modifications to the town’s Land Use Plan.

The plan, which was submitted by the Land Use Committee and the Planning and Zoning Board after about five years of engaging with the community, calls for eight changes from the current land use plan, which was adopted in 2007.

The commissioners approved the following changes:

  • All Nance Road properties west of Conveyor Beltway to be converted to LDR (low density residential);
  • All Nance Road properties between Conveyor Beltway and Renee Ford Road to be converted to Industrial;
  • Entire block between North Love Chapel, West Stanly, Ash and West Cabarrus to be converted to CBD (central business district);
  • Increase commercial zoning along N.C. Highway 200 south between Charlotte Street and Sunset Lake Road;
  • Add commercial zoning on the east side of N.C. Highway 200 just south of the railroad tracks and over to Big Lick Road. Also add more commercial zoning along the railroad;
  • Reconfigure commercial zoning on the large parcel across from Willow Creek Drive; and
  • All properties south of railroad tracks on Renee Ford Road to be converted to LDR (low density residential).

The only change the commissioners denied was converting additional low density Oak Street properties to HDR (high density residential). These properties will therefore remain low density.

The next scheduled town council meeting is 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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