If you left this week’s Pittsboro Board of Commissioners meeting feeling a bit confused, you’re in good company. If you left with a sense of clarity, you aren’t alone either.
Most of the meeting’s discussion surrounded the Chatham Park Tree Protection Element, which the commissioners passed in a 3-2 vote May 28. This week, the board discussed five wording changes to the Element and a few other town issues in a meeting that stretched over three hours.
According to a written statement from Chatham Park representative Chuck Smith, there are “no further changes or next steps” planned for the Element, which he says has been a “focus” since November 2018. Chatham Park, which is expected to include “22,000 residences,” has been called the “largest mixed-use planned development ever proposed in North Carolina.”
Though the development’s website includes environmental stewardship in the “core values” and representatives have pledged to keep the Chatham Park’s tree canopy level at “at least 50 percent,” environmental issues have been at the forefront of the conversation for months.
If there’s one woman responsible for that, it’s Elaine Chiosso, executive director of the Haw River Assembly.