​Lilly ​Mill Storm Drainage Improvement Project

​Latest ​News


​The contractor continues to work on Saturdays when weather allows. Concrete curb and driveway aprons are scheduled to be poured on Wednesday 7/31/19 on Huntingtowne Farms Lane.  This will affect access to the driveways during the curing time, typically three days.  Please coordinate access with the inspector, Jimmy Knight.  Please note that Edrina Maben-Collins will be taking some time off next week and will be unavailable.  Asphalt should begin mid-August, and will affect access briefly as well. Thank you for your cooperation!​


​As part of the project, tree removal was necessary to allow for stream bank stabilization and utility relocations allowing for buffers (or natural areas) to be created along the stream. Buffers are a natural area located next to streams and rivers that consists of trees, shrubs and ground cover. For more information read July 2019 newsletter.


​Huntingtowne Farms Lane will be closed starting approximately July 22 and ending August 16th.  The Lilly Mill Road is still closed and that detour will be shifted to Gonaway Road.  Lilly Mill Road is scheduled to be reopened August 25th.​


​There is a scheduled interruption of water service for a group of homes in the project area currently planned for Monday July 15th 2019 at 9 am. The temporary water outage will last approximately eight hours.  The alternate day is Tuesday July 16th at 9 am.  The affected homeowners have been notified with a letter.  If you have questions, please call Rick Jones, the Charlotte Water Inspector, at 704-773-4411.


The Sunnyvale/Chandworth Storm Drainage Improvement Project, with a drainage area of 640 acres, was broken down into three smaller projects: Lilly Mill, Chandworth and Tattersall.

The Lilly Mill Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce street and structure flooding throughout the neighborhood and address stream erosion to provide a more natural, stable stream system. The project is located within a drainage area of approximately 100 acres.

Estimated Cost: $11,800,000​*

*includes all costs associated with this project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, permits, construction, and landscaping.

The project team will manage the project through several phases. Specific work is conducted during each phase and general descriptions with timeframes are below. Public involvement is emphasized throughout the process.



PlanningCOMPLETEDJanuary 2013
DesignCOMPLETEDJuly 2018
PermittingCOMPLETEDJuly 2018
Property Easement/AcquisitionCOMPLETEDDecember 2016
ConstructionIN PROGRESSAnticipated March 2021

​Proje​ct Team

Adam Clapp
Construction Supervisor

Jimmy Knight 
Construction Inspector

Edrina​ Maben-Collins
Senior Construction Inspector

Jackie Bray, PE
Senior ​Project Manager



Lilly Mill July 2019 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill July 2019 Mailer
Lilly Mill November 2018 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill November 2018 Mailer
Lilly Mill May 2018 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill May 2018 Mailer
Lilly Mill March 2018 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill March 2018 Mailer
Lilly Mill January 2017 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill January 2017 Mailer
Lilly Mill June 2016 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill June 2016 Mailer
Lilly Mill November 2015 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill November 2015 Mailer
Lilly Mill July 2015 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill July 2015 Mailer
Lilly Mill March 2015 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill March 2015 Mailer
Lilly Mill November 2014 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill November 2014 Mailer
Lilly Mill July 2014 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill July 2014 Mailer
Lilly Mill June 12 2014 Public Meeting Presentation.pdfLilly Mill June 12 2014 Public Meeting Presentation
Lilly Mill June 12 2014 Public Meeting Minutes.pdfLilly Mill June 12 2014 Public Meeting Minutes
Lilly Mill May 2014 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill May 2014 Mailer
Lilly Mill March 2014 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill March 2014 Mailer
Lilly Mill November 2013 Mailer.pdfLilly Mill November 2013 Mailer

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Phases  ​

Survey crews document the existing drainage system and surrounding areas. The project team uses this information, along with property owner input and requests for service, to analyze existing drainage system conditions. Staff hosts a public meeting to present the existing conditions analysis and obtain additional input from property owners. Several improvement alternatives are then developed and evaluated to determine the most economical and least impactful solution. The project team presents the recommended alternative to property owners for input at a public meeting at the end of this phase. This phase typically lasts 12 to 27 months.

The project team develops detailed construction drawings for the selected alternative, addressing pipe sizes and alignments, drainage channel widths, utility relocations and easement locations. A project team member may meet with individual property owners to discuss the drainage system improvements and how construction will impact specific properties. The project team hosts a public meeting to present the preliminary design plan, which illustrates specific improvements to properties, and begin the easement acquisition process. This phase typically lasts 21 to 34 months.

The project team obtains required Federal and State water quality permits and other necessary permits, such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way, as necessary. This phase typically lasts 3 to 9 months and will overlap with the Design Phase.

Property Easement/Acquisition
Staff works with property owners to acquire ​​temporary or permanent easements. Easements provide permission for Storm Water Services to access the property, construct the recommended improvement and provide future maintenance. This phase typically lasts 9 to 12 months and will overlap with the Design Phase.

A competitive bidding process is held to select a qualified contractor to construct the project. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. This phase typically lasts 7 to 8 months.

Throughout construction, the project team works to minimize disruption to property owners. The Storm Water Services construction inspector serves as the main point of contact for residents. Notifications of key construction dates will be communicated to residents prior to construction.  This phase varies, depending on the specific project, but typically lasts up to two years.

The construction contract includes a warranty guaranteeing materials and workmanship for one year from the date of completion. The construction inspector conducts 6- and 11-month inspections during the warranty period. Upon notification, the contractor must repair defective items at no additional cost.