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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Planning commissioner resigns in light of Jordan Lake, Brightleaf rezoning cases

Posted by on Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 9:35 AM

A member of the Durham Planning Commission, a citizen board that advises city and county leaders, sent a letter late last night resigning her post. LaDawnna Summers, whose term was set to expire next June, sent the letter to the City Council, County Commissioners, fellow Commission members and Steve Medlin, planning director.

Summers cited two controversial cases on which city and county leaders went against the Planning Commission's recommendations -- Brightleaf Commons, a shopping center planned for U.S. 70 near Falls Lake, and the rezoning of Jordan Lake's protective boundaries, which the county approved Monday.

In both cases, the 12-member Planning Commission recommended that elected officials deny the rezoning.

From Summers' letter:

Cases like these create a tremendous financial burden which the tax payers will have to fund in order to clean up the environmental impact. Further, our neighboring counties rely upon these drinking water sources, as will our children one day soon. We are stewards of the land and water, and these are precious resources. In light of these cases, it has become clear to me that our development process is broken in Durham. This process resulted in an outcome which did not serve the people of Durham, and disregarded the wellbeing of our neighboring counties. I feel strongly that I can no longer be a part of this process, and so I am resigning from the Planning Commission. 

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