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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Mayor's Recap: July 2019 Meetings

The Waxhaw Board of Commissioners conducted four meetings between July 18 and July 23, 2019.

The meetings on July 18 and July 22 saw decisions made to bring two new additions to town government. Candace DeFinis was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Waxhaw Town Board, and Erskine Smith was appointed Interim Town Manager to lead and guide our operations.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 the Board of Commissioners started the afternoon with a work session. The work session focused on two topical areas: policy changes and Boards & Commission work plans. 

The Board reviewed and offered comments on the recommendations to the following policy and contractual areas: 

  • Draft Waxhaw Naming Policy for facilities and parks 
  • Review the new agreement between the Town of Waxhaw and the Waxhaw Athletic Association (WAA)
  • Review of the recently passed NC General Statutes update on the Modernization of Planning/Zoning Regulation - NC General Statutes
  • Receive updates and suggested change to the N. Providence Street Improvements being provided by the TAP Grant. The Board agreed with the approach to increase parking in the area. 

The Board reviewed and offered recommendations to the following Advisory Board work plans:

  • Main Street Advisory Board Work Plan for FY19-20, which had an emphasis on Downtown Economic Development
  • The Historic Preservation Commission Work Plan for FY19-20
  • Parks, Cultural & Recreation Advisory Board Work Plan for FY19-20

On the evening of July 23, 2019 the Board of Commissioners conducted its regular business meeting. The meeting included the official swearing in ceremonies for Commissioner DeFinis and Interim Manager Smith. It also included the introduction of Waxhaw’s newest employee, Blair Israel, Senior Planner.

The regular meeting then focused on the following business activities:  

  • The Board adopted the consent agenda that grouped a dozen routine business and reports into one agenda item.
  • The Board received from staff updates on park and recreation program updates and a quarterly update on transportation projects. Included in the transportation report was the announcement of additional state funding for three Waxhaw projects totaling over $1.4M. Also mentioned was the over $6.2M in state funding for the surrounding Waxhaw region.  

The Board then conducted two public hearings: 

  • Public Hearing on Transportation Connectivity Amendment to the UDO 
  • Public Hearing on a general rezoning Petition at 201 McCain Street 

Thank you to those that attended in person or watched via the town YouTube channel.  If you have any additional questions about our recent meetings, please contact

Steve Maher

Mayor of Waxhaw

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