Pittsboro This Week: Chatham Park’s tree protection plan, rezoning on Chatham Business Drive, and more

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Notes from the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, April 8

A crowd of roughly 50 people gathered in Town Hall for the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

The meeting, which lasted nearly three and a half hours, included discussions of the Chatham Park tree protection plan, a town ordinance which prevented glass containers from being used for special events, rezoning for a property on Chatham Business Drive, a preliminary plat approval for a property on Cedar Lane and sewer allocation for Mill South Homes.

The meeting began shortly after 7 p.m. with a prayer, the pledge of allegiance and a public comment section. Several residents from Potterstone Village came and spoke out against the proposed concrete plant, citing its noise and potential environmental and health risks. One of the speakers provided the commissioners with a petition from 250 voting-aged residents of the development, asking for the concrete plant to be moved.

Other comments concerned Chatham Park, with one resident concerned about the tree cover and the other speaking on behalf of a friend about median-income estimates made by Mosaic, a 226-acre development that bills itself as the gateway to the Park. The resident said his friend spoke to restaurant owners in the area who told him they and their employees often don’t even make half of the $42,000 estimated by Mosaic to afford living there.

After the public comments, the commissioners discussed the various meetings they had attended since the previous board meeting and pledged to end the following board meeting on April 15 slightly early so they could participate in the deliberations over the Confederate statue in downtown Pittsboro. They also heard from the town manager that the initial draft of the budget will likely be delivered on May 13.

After quickly approving a preliminary plat on for 6 lots of detached single family-homes on Cedar Lane, the commissioners moved on to grilling a man on specifics of the tree plan, including driplines, buffer sizes, density and tree conservation area and canopy percentages.

During the questioning, Commissioner Michael Fiocco gave a passionate defense of Chatham Park, calling it exemplary because of its rigidly crafted standards and investments in public art, water towers, sewer treatment and affordable housing.

The commissioners then moved on to a proposed rezoning of a property on Chatham Business Drive, which would create 48 units of affordable housing. The developer was granted 12 months to create drawings for the projects. 

Finally, the commissioners approved a site plan extension for Mill South Town Homes but removed its sewer allocation because of a lack of action on the project.

As the meeting passed the three-hour mark, some of the less than 20 remaining people grew agitated at its length. Their consternation only grew when the board spent several minutes discussing an emergency evacuation route for a property not inside town boundaries.

The meeting adjourned at 10:23 p.m.

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