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Bermuda Run charts its growth plans

By Jim Buice

The Clemmons Courier

The Bermuda Run Town Council took the next step in the process of its Comprehensive Plan update by providing a public presentation on Sept. 12 at WinMock at Kinderton.

Erin Burris, who is planner for Benchmark Planning and represents the town, reviewed the major categories, including character and identity, infrastructure and economic development, along with the primary objectives in an hour-long overview.

“I think the audience was probably quite impressed with the detail she gave as well as a good picture of what we’re trying to achieve,” said Mayor Ken Rethmeier. “One of the elements I really did appreciate was the background information with all the details and the historical context presented.”

The town’s Comprehensive Plan, which was unveiled in 2012, is a 20-year plan with implementation strategies that are prioritized according to public sentiment and cost. Town officials point out that it is not a law but simply a guide for elected officials to help them in making decisions for the future course of Bermuda Run.

Town manager Lee Rollins praised the Bermuda Run Planning Board for its work “in putting this all together” for the five-year update.

After the presentation, there was time for those in attendance to ask any questions and give suggestions to Burris and her team, and the Planning Board.

Next will be the council’s agenda meeting on Oct. 24 when the Planning Board will come to finalize its presentation of the Comprehensive Plan document to the council for its comments and review.

A public hearing will be proposed for the Nov. 14 council meeting for consideration of adoption in whatever form the board chooses.

Rollins said that prior to the presentation at WinMock, he shared the summary with John Eller, Davie County manager, to ensure that everything was in alignment with the county’s work and its strategic plan.

Following the Comprehensive Plan update last Tuesday, the council shifted to Town Hall for its regular monthly meeting.

In action items on the agenda, the council approved a request for proposed voluntary annexation and an ordinance to extend the corporate limits of the town after a request by developer Trent Adams for the new Kinderton Village subdivision – Phase 3A.

In last month’s meeting, as required by the N.C. General Statutes, the council voted to approve a resolution directing the town clerk to investigate a petition submitted by Adams requesting contiguous annexation. This month’s meeting then required a public hearing, where no one spoke. During the meeting, Rollins also shared that the long-awaited lighting for the roundabout at the entrance to the town coming across the Yadkin River on U.S. 158 was “next in the queue” for Duke Energy.