The March 2 Flat Rock Village Council agenda meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Rudnick Community Room at The Park at Flat Rock (55 Highland Golf Drive) due to the Board of Elections use of the Flat Rock village hall in preparation for the March 3 primary.
From today's Times-News: The Ecusta Trail in Henderson County could be one step closer to reality after county staff got the green light Wednesday for the Board of Commissioners to apply for a grant. The French Broad River MPO currently has a call out for projects for Surface Transportation Block Grant funds. As a member... Continue Reading →
From the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall so below is just a snippet): . . . The practice of government taking land for recreational uses—typically bike lanes, hiking paths and fashionable “rail trails” and “greenways”—is spreading across the country, marking a sharp and troubling expansion of eminent domain. The Takings Clause of the Constitution’s... Continue Reading →
The City of Hendersonville has an online survey for community input on current city projects, including downtown parking, parking deck, police station, fire stations, mini-golf and tennis court relocation, downtown hotel, and 7th Avenue streetscape.
The February 13 Flat Rock Village Council regular meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Rudnick Community Room at The Park at Flat Rock (55 Highland Golf Drive) due to the Board of Elections use of the Flat Rock village hall for early voting.
From an article in Fast Company: Most traffic jams are unnecessary, and this deeply irks mathematicians who specialize in traffic flow. They reserve particular vitriol for local transport engineers. “They do not have competencies in the field of system-related increases in traffic performance,” says Alexander Krylatov, a mathematics professor at St. Petersburg University. “If engineers... Continue Reading →
From The Charlotte News & Observer: Few people are hoping for a snow-free winter in North Carolina as much as the leaders of the N.C. Department of Transportation. NCDOT’s finances have stabilized since last spring, when unexpected expenses forced the department to begin cutting back on everything from fixing bridges to mowing grass. A big... Continue Reading →
From today's Times-News letters to the editor: Pandora's box To the editor: It is with dismay that other municipalities are able to override the voters’ will of Flat Rock and get to weigh in on the future of the village. The Highland Lake Road project was a vision that was voted down by electing new... Continue Reading →
From the Times-News: The North Highland Lake Road improvement project will proceed as planned after Flat Rock’s request to defund the project was declined by the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization Board. The board - comprised of members from governments in Henderson, Buncombe, Transylvania, Haywood and Madison counties - voted 15-1 to continue funding the... Continue Reading →
From WLOS (video at the link): HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A motion to kill a controversial road widening project in Henderson County failed Thursday. People against the Highland Lake Road project packed a meeting of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, hoping to stop the widening. The plan is to widen the road from... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning online: Pinecrest Presbyterian Church shipped a busload of commenters and dozens more filled the meeting room as the French Broad River MPO took up the Highland Lake Road project on Thursday in the most crucial vote to date on the project. After more than 90 minutes of public comment and discussion... Continue Reading →
On Thursday, January 23, the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board will have their monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m. at 339 New Leicester Highway, Suite 140, in Asheville. On the agenda for discussion is the N. Highland Lake Road project. This meeting is open to the public and allows public comments (usually there... Continue Reading →
From today's Times-News letters to the editor: Road project Regardless of one’s views about the North Highland Lake Road project, two facts are central to the dispute: The road does not meet NCDOT’s metrics to justify the expenditure of taxpayer dollars, and the voters of Flat Rock expressed their will at the ballot box in... Continue Reading →
A short video produced by local residents on the effects of the N. Highland Lake Road project
From the Times-News online: The widening of the controversial North Highland Lake Road project will not face a roadblock from the Henderson County Board of Commissioners following a unanimous vote Wednesday to continue support for the project. Commissioners said they must consider the county as a whole when looking at the project, as drivers from... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning online: Another day brought another overflow crowd to debate the fate of Highland Lake Road but this time a board made up of local officials voted 8-1 to keep the project alive. . . Gary German, a Flat Rock resident: "This past election was a one-issue campaign and the people of... Continue Reading →
In voting against a motion to support the Flat Rock village council's request that NCDOT abandon the N. Highland Lake Road project at their Monday meeting, the Hendersonville County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), an advisory board made up of elected municipal and county officials, will recommend that the county commissioners not support Flat Rock's request.... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning online: Hendersonville City Hall became the latest arena for the contentious fight over the Highland Lake Road project on Thursday night, with the usual cast of road warriors from Flat Rock arguing the pros and cons of the job. The audience looked more like ones at Flat Rock Village Council meetings,... Continue Reading →
From the Times-News online: Hendersonville City Council stood behind the North Highland Lake Road project during its meeting Thursday night. Flat Rock residents descended on Hendersonville City Hall as the council endorsed the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to make improvements to North Highland Lake Road and add a multiuse path and sidewalks. The road... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning online: Bolstering its opposition to the Highland Lake Road project, the Flat Rock Village Council voted on Thursday to oppose the sale of parkland for the road widening project. The Village Council took the action on a 4-3 vote just six hours before the Hendersonville City Council was expected to recommend... Continue Reading →