Council to mull downtown Boone building heights
by Anna Oakes
Following a public hearing at 5 p.m. and Planning Commission
consideration at 5:30 p.m., the Boone Town Council will decide whether or not
to limit downtown building heights to 40 feet during its regular monthly
meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The matter stems from the Boone Board of Adjustment’s March 1 approval of a special use permit for a four-story, mixed-use building project at 492 W. King St., next to Hob Knob Café.
Jamie Leigh on Tuesday proposed the change as a stopgap measure while the town
works to further develop height standards.
The town’s Transportation Committee will request the
council’s consideration of improvements at the Queen Street and North Depot
Street intersection, as recommended by the Pedestrian Transportation Plan.
The plan recommends removing the existing parking meters to
widen a pedestrian walkway along the center median on Queen Street; automated
pay stations would be placed at each end of the center median.
The Transportation Committee also requests that the speed
limit on New Market Boulevard be lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
Cultural Resources Director Pilar Fotta will present a
request from the Cultural Resources Board for more information about the
current condition of two structures on the Rivers-Coffey property.
property, located on Clay House Drive and Moretz Street off of Rivers Street
near downtown Boone, was donated to the town in 1998, but a deed restriction
precluded the use of one of two houses on the property until recently.
The Cultural Resources Board is considering potential uses
for the property and its two houses. According to the deed, the property is limited to
recreational purposes, green space, installation of underground utility lines,
flood mitigation, a wildlife sanctuary or historical purposes.
Mark Freed will present a report on programs at the Jones
House Community Center, including the summer concert series, music lessons and
Thursday night jam sessions.
The council meets at the Council Chambers, located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 268-6200 or visit http://www.townofboone.net and click on “Public Notices.”