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Del Snow 
Member since Sep 24, 2015

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Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Gerry, As I said above, I enthusiastically support Allen as well. But, "though Allen Buansi, a thirty-year-old civil rights attorney, merits consideration as well, and would make a fine council member" doesn't seem like short shrift, but more like a 5th endorsement.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Eric, I don't think the comment was made to speak ill of Town Staff. As an Town Planning employee you know that, ultimately, the Council is presented with a set of Staff recommendations. Good sense and care dictate that questions should be asked - after all, that is why we elect a council! For example, the approval of the Form Based Code as presented by staff and consultant, has created the need for numerous "fixes" that are still going on. Some of these fixes are analogous to locking the barn door after the horse got out - that is why CH is saddled with Berkshire. Had healthy reservations been in place, Council could have asked the consultant about the form based code he wrote for Asheville - one that is decidedly different. Getting a range of opinions on big issues is wise governing.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

On the contrary, Will, I thinks this shows an endorsement that took a great deal of time and thought. The "lazy rushed" way to do it would have been to just endorse incumbents. Maria Palmer is quite proud of the fact that she relies on the manager and staff to give her information. I also support Allen and hope people will note that he was a 5th endorsee. I think Rachel and Hongbin will bring new voices, fresh ideas, a commitment to all of Chapel Hill's residents, and a healthy respect for facts, evidence, and comprehensive views. Ed will bring his experience and knowledge.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/18/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “With the rise of CHALT, Chapel Hill’s never seen an election quite like this

Actually, Chapel Hill has seen quite a few elections very much like this: 1969, 1985, 1997. Every 15 years or so, the citizens of Chapel Hill find it necessary to rise up and drive the moneylenders out of the temple, i.e., to rise up and prevent the real estate lobby from hijacking the town.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2015 at 6:57 PM

Re: “With the rise of CHALT, Chapel Hill’s never seen an election quite like this

"I've personally had nothing but good experiences with the town council, getting detailed descriptions of the reasons for their votes that impressed me with the depth of knowledge of the issues and their care for the town. "

Michael, I'm sure that you support the CH Transit system, especially considering the high density development that has been approved. If people used the buses, it would help to alleviate the traffic congestion that many see in the future.

However, I found reason to question the "depth of knowledge of the issues and their care for the town" of some of the current council members when they listened to the Town Budget manager note that no cost for transit expansion had been included in the Ephesus-Fordham fiscal analysis because the Transit fund will not have the resources in the foreseeable future to expand expanded services. Note: this is not conjecture, assumption, or interpretation - it is public record. Where were the questions about the validity of the fiscal impact analysis? Where was the concern about the resulting traffic?
I'm sure, that as a successful businessman, you appreciate that all costs have to be considered when trying to project a fiscal outcome.

This is only example of council actions that have left me reeling. It is not that recommendations of advisory boards and citizens are not "taken." It is the systematic closed-mindedness to facts and figures that should make council members, ON THEIR OWN, question the consequences of their actions, yet they don't.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/16/2015 at 4:28 PM

Re: “With the rise of CHALT, Chapel Hill’s never seen an election quite like this

Jason, you seem angry in your reply and I don't know why. You made an honest mistake and "assumed" that by pointing out the net loss of affordable housing units (after Greenfields is accounted for), that meant that CHALT supported preservation of the sub-par housing that has been allowed to exist at The Park Apts. No where is there any basis for that assumption. That bullet point serves to point out that when The Park is redeveloped, there will be a loss of affordable units because NO NEW ONES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PARK'S NEW ITERATION. Greenfields, which will segragate affordable housing residents, will not make up the loss.
I put my time in as a poor renter in New York. I've lived it and I know all about it, please don't presume that I don't.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/14/2015 at 5:12 PM

Re: “With the rise of CHALT, Chapel Hill’s never seen an election quite like this

"The C-HALT candidates' platforms sound good on paper. I agree with 90% of their high level goals. But the connection between the goals they present and the policies they advocate is spurious. You don't reduce housing demand by building less housing. You don't reduce carbon emissions by refusing to build a modern transit infrastructure. You don't heal and build coalitions by spending the three years prior insulting incumbents with potshots about their personal lives.

What might upset me the most is their take on "affordable housing."

Jason, I know that you are better than this post. Quite to the contrary, you KNOW for a fact, that onw of CHALT's (and Jim Ward's) fundamental recommendations was the inclusion of incentives for additional height based on the provision of affordable housing. Why have you distorted CHALT's consistent and public message on the affordable housing that a better form based code could have produced?

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/14/2015 at 11:21 AM

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