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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE TOWN OF NASHVILLE TOWN COUNCIL

The public will take notice that the Town Council of the Town of Nashville will hold a public hearing at 7:00 PM on January 29, 2020 in the Town Council Chambers, 114 W. Church Street, Nashville, NC, concerning an amendment to an Inducement Agreement dated June 15, 2015, which proposes the appropriation and expenditure of town funds to aid and encourage the location of light industries and service businesses in the light industry and commerce park known as West Nashville Commerce Park, all as authorized by NCGS §158-71.

Notice is further given that it is the Town Council’s intention to approve the following specific appropriations and expenditures:

To exchange a 2.38 acre portion of the Prime Property located on the south side of Commerce Street along Cooke Road (the “New Town Lot”) for a 2.38 acre parcel of the Town’s property in the West Nashville Commerce Park on the north side of Commerce Street bounded by Commerce Street and Cooke Road (the “New Prime Lot”), said real property being a portion of Lot 2 as shown on plat entitled “Minor Subdivision Plat – Property of Prime 1 Builders, LLC, Nashville” dated October 26, 2015, by James G. Strickland Land Surveying, P.A.,  and recorded in the Nash County Registry, Book 39, Page 310.

The fair market value of the New Town Lot and the New Prime Lot are of equal fair market value and the consideration to be received by the town is the construction of three shell buildings, with minimum square footage of 5,000 feet per building.

The public benefit to be derived from the proposed appropriation and expenditures, described herein, is to increase the property tax and sales tax revenues in the Town of Nashville, to create a substantial number of jobs for the citizens of the Town of Nashville and to generally stimulate the local economy and promote business prospects in the Town of Nashville.

Town of Nashville Town Council
By:  Lou C. Bunch, Town Clerk

At the Town of Nashville, we believe that citizen involvement is the cornerstone of a strong community and an effective government.  There are many opportunities to be  involved in our local government, including the opportunity to participate in public hearings. 

Information on the following frequently asked questions are answered below.

  • What  Should I  Expect During a Public Hearing?
  • Why Do We Hold Public Hearings?
  • What is a Quasi-Judicial Hearing?

What Should I Expect During a Public Hearing?

Public Hearings are held as required by General Statues  and per Town Council request.  

For those wishing to speak during a Public Hearing, upon arrival at the Nashville Town Council Chambers, please be seated in the audience.  There is no need to sign-in to speak during a Public Hearing.

For all Public Hearings, the Mayor  will call on a staff member to present details about the case and then allow the applicant, if applicable, to present their case.  The Mayor will then open the floor to those wishing to speak for or against the issue.  Speakers may come to the podium one at a time.

Thank you for following these rules:

  • If you have handouts to share, please bring 11 copies and give them to the Town Clerk as you approach the podium.  The Town Clerk will distribute the copies for you.
  • You may adjust the microphone on the podium as necessary to ensure the appropriate height for you.
  • Please speak clearly into the microphone by stating your name and address first.
  • Please limit comments to three minutes or less to allow all who desire to speak on the issue the ability to do so.
  • If you have a group who wishes to speak, please designate a spokesperson for the group.  This is the most effective way to relay the points of groups to avoid repetition.
  • Please direct your comments to the full Town Council and not to an individual Council Member.
  • Public Hearings are your opportunity to make comments regarding the issue at hand and not for the discussion of other issues.
  • The Town Council will listen and take your comments into consideration.  No Town Council decisions are made on the issue  during  the Public Hearing.

Why Do We Hold Public Hearings?

Public Hearings are often required by law.  They allow the decision-making body the chance to consider public opinions. before decisions are made on issues that will impact citizens.  Below are a few examples of when we will hold a public hearing:

  • The Town's Budget
  • The Town's Comprehensive Plan
  • Rezoning Requests
  • Owner-initiated Annexation Requests
  • Amendments to Land Development Ordinances
  • Special Event Permits

Notices will be posted to the website, in  Town Hall and in Town Council Chambers prior to the meeting.  Notices will also be published in The Nashville Graphic.

Those that wish to receive notification of upcoming Public Hearings should contact Lou Bunch, Town Clerk via email at lou.bunch@townofnashvillenc.gov or by calling 252-459-4511 x222.

What is a Quasi-Judicial Hearing?

Quasi-Judicial Public Hearings are generally held for Special Use Permits.   They are different from Public Hearings in that they resemble a court hearing where sworn testimony is presented.  All speakers must sign in with the Town Clerk and be sworn in by the Mayor at the beginning of the meeting.  This hearing is not open to public comments.