The roundabout on White Pine Drive, located in the unincorporated part of the county, is the one that commissioners oppose based on public outcry and a review from each commissioner, Commissioner Bill Lapsley said.
From WHKP: AS PART OF NC DOT'S PROPOSED WIDENING OF HIGHWAY 64 WEST For most of this year, there have been about half a dozen highly controversial road projects pending here in Henderson County. One of the most controversial has been an NCDOT proposal to widen U.S. Highway 64 west and sprinkle it with four... Continue Reading →
While the Balfour Parkway may be dead, the consequences of the successful campaign to kill it live on. Neighborhood leaders and homeowners who oppose other road projects cite the Balfour Parkway decision as a precedent for dropping other disruptive highway projects. And in the case of the N.C. 191 multi-lane project, homeowners argue that without... Continue Reading →
The Balfour Parkway is officially dead — at least as it was presented this year. State Department of Transportation Spokesperson David Uchiyama confirmed that a Thursday morning decision by the State Board of Transportation to remove the project from the State Transportation Improvement Program finalized the end of planning for the estimated $157 million project.... Continue Reading →
The Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) has been asked to select three projects from the Henderson County SPOT 5.0 Project Prioritization document (prepared by the French Broad River MPO) to "prioritize" for NCDOT funding at their meeting later this month. In anticipation of that selection process, CLG has reviewed the projects listed and submitted our recommendations to the... Continue Reading →
The Balfour Parkway is dead. The North Carolina Board of Transportation made it official on Thursday morning with a vote that deletes the project from the State Transportation Improvement Plan.
By Sept. 4, work will begin on a small gravel “hikers” parking lot near Carl Sandburg Home’s administrative offices. Work will occur on weekdays and occasional Saturdays and be completed in October, in time for the fall hiking season. The new lot is located on Little River Road, a third of a mile from the... Continue Reading →
From the UNC School of Government Handbook for North Carolina Mayors and Council Members: . . . the council must act as a collective body. . . An individual member of the council may not act on its behalf--at least not without specific authorization from the council itself. (page 11) This has not been followed... Continue Reading →
From today's Times-News editorial: ". . .the state has nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking residents’ input earlier in the road planning process, and in the areas where they live."
There is a change of schedule for the Flat Rock village council's September meetings: the regular monthly council meeting has been moved to Tuesday, September 4, at 9:30 a.m. (from September 13). There will be no agenda meeting in September.
A closed meeting between elected officials and a group of residents Thursday to review revised plans for Kanuga Road has been canceled. A public information meeting will instead be scheduled in the coming weeks, the city of Hendersonville has announced.
Possible solution to the dilemma of elected officials meeting privately, either amongst themselves or with private groups (and yes, we have seen this in Flat Rock) -- record *all* meetings and make the audio available to the public after the meeting. ". . .Leaders get around this requirement by having a few select members get... Continue Reading →
To the editor: In Flat Rock, Mayor Bob Staton’s piece titled “Issues complicate road projects” on July 31, he would have you believe the Greenville Highway/Highland Lake Road intersection is dangerous. It is not. I drive it twice a day. If the Flat Rock Village Council is concerned about large trucks and buses, wait a few... Continue Reading →
The editorial, Issues complicate road project, by Flat Rock Mayor Bob Staton appeared in the July 31, 2018, issue of the Hendersonville Times-News. CLG has taken a look at it and we offer our perspective below. (All links, including those in the mayor's editorial, have been added.) Two recent Times-News editorials (“Engineer a solution for path,”... Continue Reading →