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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: March 9, 2021 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 1 <br /> SUBJECT: Joint Discussion with Mebane City Council on Buckhorn Area Plan (Study) <br /> DEPARTMENT: Planning and Inspections <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> A. Most Suitable Parcels Map Craig Benedict, Director, (919) 245-2575 <br /> B. Growth Area B Map Steve Brantley, Economic Development <br /> Director, (919) 245-2326 <br /> C. Efland-Buckhorn-Mebane Utility Planning Cy Stober, City of Mebane Development <br /> Area (Master Plan) Map Director, (919) 563-9990 <br /> D. Watershed Critical Area Comparison Map Jesse Day, PTRC Regional Director, <br /> E. Small Lot Residential Areas Map (336) 904-0300 <br /> PURPOSE: To receive a short presentation on the Buckhorn Area Plan (Study) and discuss <br /> with the Mebane City Council. <br /> BACKGROUND: Orange County utilized funds available in the FY 2019-2020 budget to <br /> reimburse the City of Mebane for half of the consulting expenses of the Buckhorn Area Plan. <br /> The original goals have been to work together with a consultant to further analyze areas within <br /> Orange County — adjacent to and near Mebane — and to develop recommendations for a growth <br /> strategy. In January 2020, the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) was selected as the <br /> consultant, and beginning on February 6, 2020, Orange County, the City of Mebane, and PTRC <br /> have met monthly to discuss the geographic area of the study, the parcel development suitability <br /> criteria and mechanisms for feedback on the analysis. <br /> The City of Mebane and Orange County hosted an open house virtual meeting with the public <br /> on November 10, 2020. The meeting was held via Zoom and welcomed guest questions, <br /> comments, and concerns after a short presentation on the overview of the plan. The Mebane <br /> City Council discussed the Buckhorn Area Plan at meetings in December 2020 and in January <br /> of this year. The City Council agreed to take NO action on the Buckhorn Area Plan until Orange <br /> County reviewed the Plan and offered comments. The Orange County BOCC received a <br /> presentation on the Plan at its February 16, 2021 Business Meeting and scheduled this item for <br /> discussion with Mebane City Council. <br /> THE BUCKHORN AREA PLAN (STUDY): <br /> A copy of the full document can be downloaded via the following link: <br /> htti)s://www.i) <br /> The study uses GIS mapping to determine parcels most suitable for development within the <br /> focus area. The process allows for a technical review of multiple development factors including: <br /> developable acres, preservation areas, mean slope, watershed, sewer infrastructure, water <br />