Monday, June 22, 2015

That Was Fast

Eggers Eggers Eggers and Eggers were still hedging on behalf of Maymead -- maybe they're "vested" already in that asphalt plant development on the Doc & Merle Watson Scenic Byway, Four Eggers suggested, leaving that glimmer of hope there for the Big Boys -- but the Watauga County Commission -- all five members, two Democrats and three Republicans -- moved with remarkable speed and no ambiguity to slap a moratorium on any new permit applications under the High Impact Land Use Ordinance, until "defects" in its provisions are worked out.

Commissioners further ordered a 1,500-ft. set-back from any scenic byway and increased set-backs for residences. Details in the Watauga Democrat.

Impressive mobilization of citizen concerns over the location of toxic industries, and the commissioners were much more able than Eggers Eggers Eggers and Eggers wanted to admit last Tuesday to do something quickly and decisively in response to public outcry.

Samuel Johnson once said, "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."


Anonymous said...

Here is a link to a document published by North Carolina League of Municipalities concerning the "vested rights" angle in NC land use cases for anyone interested in learning more about this potential loophole.

Anonymous said...

"Vested rights" is not a loophole; it is a protection.