From the Hendersonville Lightning: Facing a broad grassroots campaign against his request, a rezoning applicant seeking permission to build an asphalt plant in east Flat Rock has delayed the request by two months. . . But after opponents fired dozens of questions during a neighborhood compatibility meeting last week— questions they insist remain unanswered —... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: The Flat Rock Village Council voted unanimously on Thursday to urge the Henderson County Board of Commissioners to deny a rezoning request that would allow an asphalt plant on Spartanburg Highway at U.S. 25 Connector in East Flat Rock. . . Though the location for the proposed plant is outside village... Continue Reading →
From the Times-News: An estimated 150 or more neighbors and interested parties electronically attended a neighborhood capability meeting Monday, many expressing opposition to a proposed asphalt plant at the Spartanburg Highway and U.S. 25 interchange near East Flat Rock. Jeff Shipman of SE Asphalt has requested that the county conditionally rezone 6.5 acres off Spartanburg... Continue Reading →
From the Times-News: An asphalt plant has been proposed at the Spartanburg Highway and U.S. 25 interchange near East Flat Rock. Jeff Shipman of SE Asphalt is asking for the county to conditionally rezone 6.5 acres off Spartanburg Highway to construct a new asphalt drum plant. The land is currently zoned community commercial. A neighborhood... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: . . . [Senate Transportation Committee] Lawmakers asked [NCDOT] department officials how, in fiscal year 2018-19, the DOT spent $742 million more than its budget, based on a May audit report. Senators reviewed the department’s budgeting process, its oversight mechanisms and its responsibility for the budget hole that threw the transportation... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: New highway projects are frozen, routine maintenance such as mowing, patching and ditch-clearing is delayed and NCDOT employees across the state are being sent home as the agency faces a severe cash shortage. Brian Burch, the top DOT official for the 10-county Division 14, painted a grim picture of the agency’s... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: The Flat Rock Village Council has scrapped the idea of a new entrance to the Park at Flat Rock for now, agreeing to evaluate traffic patterns and sightlines when the NCDOT completes the Highland Lake Road project. . . “In my mind [the driveway cut] is way too close to all... Continue Reading →
From The News & Observer (May 18, 2020): N.C. Department of Transportation employees were told Monday that they will need to take unpaid time off by the end of June to help the department save money. The furloughs begin this week with “executive leadership,” who must take 30 hours of unpaid leave, followed next week... Continue Reading →
Interested in NCDOT's current cash balance situation and financial performance? You can review the NCDOT Cash Spending Plan Performance Audit, May 2020, from the State Auditor here. This document includes the full report and NCDOT’s official response.
Update on COVID-19 fund distribution and small business loan programs among other things.
From the Times-News: The N.C. Department of Transportation spent $740 million beyond what it planned to last year, state auditors said Tuesday as they urged stronger oversight of how DOT and its regional offices handle finances. The performance review by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office found DOT had spent $6.68 billion on road construction and... Continue Reading →
From the Hendersonville Lightning: As people across North Carolina heed a statewide stay-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19, traffic volumes have plummeted, causing at least a $300 million budget shortfall for the N.C. Department of Transportation in the current fiscal year and an uncertain forecast for the next budget year. . . Projects... Continue Reading →
A legislative session during a pandemic.
In 2018, the Village of Flat Rock received a grant from NCDOT to look at the feasibility of a bike/ped path connecting the Park at Flat Rock with the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The final draft report of that study has been completed and is available for review. Final presentation of the report... Continue Reading →
The March 30 village council agenda meeting and the April 9 regular monthly council meeting have been cancelled.
The March 18 Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee meeting has been cancelled.
Make sure your voice is heard! Monday, March 2, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Henderson County Library in Hendersonville, join the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff for a workshop on the MPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) that will document the region's vision for its transportation system (highways, transit, bike/ped,... Continue Reading →
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 →