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Chatham officials table 'density averaging'

Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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Chatham County commissioners tabled a request Monday to amend the county's watershed protection ordinance that would, if approved, allow denser development along parts of at least one of the county's rivers.

The amendment request is part of a larger development request to build the gated Williams Pond subdivision, for which 185 homes are proposed on 650 acres along the Haw River.

County Attorney Bob Gunn asked for time to review text for a map change to the ordinance that essentially would permit "density averaging" on the land.

Currently, Williams Pond falls into two different zones that have different residential density requirements, and the developer wishes to average the permitted density throughout the land, which would space the homes out farther from the river but permit greater density than currently allowed closer to the river.

The Haw flows into Jordan Lake, a drinking water source for the area, and some concerned residents would like to see more proof that the plan will not increase runoff and further harm the quality of the river.

 
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