Residents like small-town feel, dislike traffic issues

Navigate Cornelius, an effort to chart the course of our town into the future, is going into Phase 3.

During Phase 2, there were many focus group meetings to discuss Cornelius and the town's Comprehensive Master Plan.

From the discussions of the participants in those groups, the summary was that the best things about Cornelius are the small-town feel, the overall quality of life, the town's proximity to Charlotte, the park and recreation opportunities it offers and the ease of access to local government.

The worst things, according to the summary, are the traffic and transportation, development issues, lack of pedestrian and bike amenities, lack of business development and lack of access to Lake Norman.

To residents, the most important places in town are the parks, Lake Norman, the grocery stores, the schools and the library.

A future survey should be available online to get more feedback from citizens and businesses.

The focus group meetings are over, so Phase 3 begins. As a result of the information gained, five theme committees with individual focuses have been identified. Here's a summary of these committees:

Economic Development: Diversify the tax base, bring in new business and reduce vacancies in commercial buildings.

Place Making and Town Services: Concentrate on services that affect the town, such as the police and fire departments, and maintain the town's identity and sense of community.

Mobility: Transportation, including roads, bike lanes, greenways and multi-purpose paths.

Community Service: Services such as education and health care provided by other agencies.

Leisure and Commerce: The roles of Lake Norman and Lake Cornelius, as well as retail, entertainment and general commerce.

If you are interested in serving on one of those committees, go to for more information about the application process. Applications are due Aug. 31.

To keep up to date on what is going on in the Navigate Cornelius process, subscribe on Facebook (Navigate Cornelius) or Twitter (navcornelius).

Things to do

Summer is not over, and there are still some places left in summer camps. For spots in sports or recreation camps, go to For art camps go to

Fall registration has already begun for Cornelius Art Center fall classes for both youth and adults. Classes begin the week of Sept. 13. For more information visit

Remember the Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series. "Charlotte's Web" will be shown at Jetton Village Aug. 12, and "Alice in Wonderland" will be the boat-in feature at Ramsey Creek Park Aug. 21. For details visit

The next Sun Style Tai Chi class for ages 18 and up starts Aug. 23 and ends Oct. 25. Class will meet 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the town hall. Fees are $50 for Cornelius residents and $58 for others. Details: 704-765-1450;

Big Band in the Park with the group "From The Top" Aug. 28 at Bailey Road Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. Park at the park or Bailey Middle School. Coolers are allowed. No glass bottles, alcohol, pets or open flames.

Town information

At the July 19 Cornelius Board of Commissioners meeting, Mark Small was appointed to the Architectural Review Board and Tracey Stehle was appointed as Planning Board chairperson.

Sea trials on the fire boat were successful. The boat should be here soon, and the fire department will train to get the boat into service as soon as possible.