Upcoming Selma event
The Selma Christmas Parade is a little earlier this year.
This is why we need to invest in infrastructure and public safety now.
Here is an article by WRAL about how little old JoCo has been the fastest growing county for a decade now. This is not news to us. It does, however, point to the fact that we need to prepare for this growth now.
Upcoming live candidate forum
At last night’s Town Council meeting, the Council approved the proposal by the local American Legion post to hold a candidate forum for the upcoming municipal election. The forum will be held on Thursday, October 28th from 6:30 to 8 PM at the civic center on Webb Street.
On planning and zoning
I used to live not far from where this development is going in Smithfield. The neighboring town of Smithfield has approved a lot of development just within the past couple of weeks. I am personally not a fan of how close that developers are building houses to one another in some of their newer subdivisions. When you can literally reach out of your bedroom window and touch hands with your neighbor doing the same, that is way too close to the next house for my taste. But there is a fire safety component to my thought process as well, in protecting the neighboring exposures, but that is my fire protection background talking there.
We are going to face the decisions that Smithfield is facing soon, just as Clayton did before Smithfield as population and development growth move this way.
Serving on the Planning Board, we have had the discussion on granting variances to the Unified Development Ordinance. If you are going to constantly grant variances to an ordinance, why bother having it to begin with? Why are they ordinances rather than suggestions? Adjust your UDO to accommodate the scenarios you are encountering, eliminate the ordinances, or enforce them as written. Don’t waste the effort of a Planning Board, Planning Director, town personnel, permitting, and Town Council if you are going to be in constant flux.
Conversations about private cemeteries and town responsibilities
My crew was out distributing fliers around town this morning. If you would like some for your business, church, or organization, just let me know.
The Ballot For The Upcoming Municipal Election
Need to know election dates, times, early voting info, or advice on how to fill out your ballot? Here you go.
Update on a local business development
Here is an article about development here in our town. It has been a long time in coming, but progress has started on construction.