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River corridor watershed ordinance

By Mike Cross
Posted Friday, March 11, 2005

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Williams Pond request for RA-90 density averaging includes some combination of gazebo* like structures/decks/400’ buffer with variations in clearing…and this will result in better protection than the current zoning allows.

DENR disagrees that this will result in overall protection and states the watershed should be held-change denied.

DENR also suggests 800’-1000’ buffers with development being designed so as not to be visible by park users on the Lower Haw River State Natural Area.

If we allow density averaging under the requested criteria-many other River Corridor properties may be affected.

* 5 large parcels on Rocky River above Siler City intake.
* 2 large parcels on Haw River above Pittsboro intake.
* 17 large parcels on Deep River/Cape Fear River above Sanford intake.

…if we relax our criteria-it only makes sense to strengthen our protection.

…the Resolution I gave everyone last month as a proposed amendment to the watershed ordinance has criteria that falls between what we have, what is requested and less than suggested by DENR. It also has the approval of our active citizens.

Let’s allow ourselves to process Williams Pond without setting an uncertain precedent.

* 21 March Public Hearing on this amendment
* 5 April Planning Board review/recommendation
* 18 April Make decision—Williams Pond

This will also provide enough time for the developers to go back and provide evidence of minimum or no impact, and for a peer review.

To forego this action and make an exception for Williams Pond, without this resolution will be in essence, threatening the viability of the WPO for the benefit of “one month” delay in approving the project.

*Gazebo—A structure, as a pavilion or summer house, built on a site affording an enjoyable view.

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River corridor watershed ordinance
Chatham County Commissioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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