Let's look at the project from the developer's point of view.
Hmmmm.... I can buy that bottomland from farmer x for dirt cheap. It's right across the road from that keen development, Chancellor's Ridge. It's right next to the Corps of Engineer's land, so no other pesky neighbors and MY addition would get to live right next to virgin (or almost) land. Besides, I put my own addition just a bit further south - and need a grocery store for my parties.
But, I see that the Comprehensive Plan says that this area should be reserved for very low density housing and development. That would sure be a bad way to capitalize on my investment in land. Screw 'em, I know all the bigwigs in government. I'll just tell them what I want - and threaten job losses if they don't . Oh, yeah ... election's coming around soon. Wouldn't hurt to put my "donation" in.
I know I've got Chancellor's Ridge in my pocket with my good buddies, Mark A and Shane Kirk grandstanding with the CRHOA board. They can stall any polls in CR by being on the Board and the HOA Committee, then say "no one told us to poll".
That Mark A, he's a character, though. I hear he pulled a fast one on the CRHOA board by putting a basketball court in his backyard - then, trying to get the HOA to approve it when neighbor's complained. Didn't even bother to get any permits first. Yep. He's our guy. We need someone who doesn't want to play by the rules.
Lawyer ... Byker seems to be a really good one. He's got the minority community in his pocket by being on the board. That one really helps. We know that those groups will cry "jobs, jobs, jobs". No matter that the 600 or so retail jobs are 6 miles away from the areas of greatest need. All I need is for Byker to stir them up for those minimum wage jobs.
It seems that we've degraded from economic smarts to kiddie logic. Re: "The bottom line is nearly every American and Durham resident prefers to drive his or her own car, whether bus service exists or does not exist." I'm not aware of your authority to state this as fact.
Furthermore, while throughout your posts you arrogantly point to your "reasoned arguments", you've been name-calling and and opining based on nonsense.
Just what do YOU get out of this project, Mark A?
If it ain't in writing, it ain't enforceable. If the public can't view it, can we have a public hearing on it?
re: what else are they holding out on .... ?
There is the matter of the 27.5 acres (north of Stagecoach Road) that they already own. (That is, 751 LLC owns (Neal Hunter)). Once 751 South drops into their hands, what will prevent those "big boxes" and additional sprawl development from going into THAT land? Will that be 751 North?
Is he waiting so he can put a finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing?
If the project is changed THAT much, don't we need to advertise for a new public hearing on the rezoning? ... the new proposals noted above are far different than what was advertised.
... isn't it interesting that Kirk/Avitabile et. all are filing through Patrick Byker's office? Hmmmm ... wonder who promised to foot that bill? Byker? Mitchell?
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