Design a site like this with
Get started

Upcoming Selma event


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.