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Change would allow new school

The Huntersville Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a change to the town's zoning ordinance Monday that a private Catholic high school needs to open temporarily in a former warehouse on U.S. 21.

Christ the King Catholic High School hopes to open in August 2011 in the building, about a half-mile south of Gilead Road.

The school has enrolled 51 students in its first class and recently hired a project director to help boost the number to 100 by March.

Charlotte Catholic, on Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte, is the area's only other high school run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. The diocese continues to search for a permanent site for Christ the King High School.

On Nov. 16, the Huntersville Planning Board endorsed the change in the town's zoning ordinance, which would allow school uses in a corporate business zoning district, with conditions.

The board recommended a school be allowed to occupy a building for up to three years and be allowed to seek a renewal for another two years.

About 90 buildings could qualify for a temporary school use in areas of the town zoned corporate business, according to town planning documents.

Planners are recommending a school still be required to get a special-use permit before being allowed to operate in such a building. Addressing traffic and other concerns would be part of getting the permit.

Bruce Andersen, chairman of the Planning Board, has expressed concerns to Charlotte-area media in recent months about the potential for traffic backups if Christ the King High School is eventually allowed to open in the U.S. 21 building.

On Tuesday, representatives of Christ the King High School will request that the Huntersville Planning Board recommend that the school receive a special use permit to open in the former warehouse. The Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at town hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road. The Huntersville Board of Commissioners would have final say on the permit, probably in January.

Davidson seeks feedback

Have an opinion on the Davidson Police Department, Christmas in Davidson or downtown parking?

The town reminds you to share that opinion through several brief surveys on its website, www.ci.davidson.nc.us/index

.aspx?NID=641.

The police department hopes its survey will tell it more about residents' attitudes toward and opinions about the department.

Christmas in Davidson has just ended, but the town and its advisory committee want to start thinking about how to improve next year's event.

Still looking to sound off on parking? Take one of the three surveys developed by parking consultants Rich & Associates to gauge parking demand and habits.

Links to all three surveys are on the town's website. Click the purple "Take our surveys" tab on the left side of the home page. Note that the survey for the Davidson Police Department expires 5 p.m. Monday.

Davidson Lands Conservancy benefit

REI will donate $50 to the Davidson Lands Conservancy for each visitor to its Charlotte-area stores who mentions the conservancy.

REI's Charlotte area stores are at 9755 North Lake Center Parkway, off Interstate 77 Exit 18 in north Charlotte, and at 11067 Carolina Place Parkway in Pineville.

Davidson Lands Conservancy helps protect natural areas and open spaces such as the South Prong Greenway, Brackett Bluff, Lake Davidson and the West Branch Wetland.

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