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Wake drops open-space requirement for developers

Posted August 2, 2011

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— The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to scrap an ordinance that required developers to set aside acres of open space in subdivisions or pay into a fund to acquire other land for open areas.

Both the county's Planning Department and Planning Board recommended repealing the ordinance, which was adopted in 2002. Planners said the rules were outdated and that the county has developed better ways to preserve open space in recent years.

Developers said the ordinance added costs to building subdivisions, which made it more difficult in the struggling economy to get projects done.

Some conservation groups expressed concern that the board's move will weaken Wake County's commitment to greenways and other open areas, which they say adds to the local quality of life.

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  • caryzoo Aug 3, 2011

    Shame on Wake county. Short sighted and empty headed, the whole bunch.
    The difference between a developer and an environmentalist is that the developer wants to build a home in the woods. The environmentalist already has his home in the woods.

    So, true. but the beauty is the environmentalist left as many trees standing as he could, the developer kills as many as he can.

  • Nancy Aug 2, 2011

    Why is there no adequate public facilities ordinance in Wake County? Why shouldn't developers have to provide toward roads, schools and water/sewer? And why are they allowed to develop when the roads and schools can't fulfill their build out?

  • NotAgain Aug 2, 2011

    The difference between a developer and an environmentalist is that the developer wants to build a home in the woods. The environmentalist already has his home in the woods.
    chfdcpt

    This is so true, but the difference is that the developer has no business in the woods because he does not understand the surroundings, he has only read the comics and looked at the pretty pictures. He is there to destroy, the environmentalist is there to preserve. The environmentalist is the true conservative.

  • chfdcpt Aug 2, 2011

    Of course, how about a law that makes it mandatory that when you buy your house, 1/4 of your lot must be reserved for green space?

    How many of you posters have moved here within the last 10-15 years? If you did, then you are a part of the so called perceived problem.

    The difference between a developer and an environmentalist is that the developer wants to build a home in the woods. The environmentalist already has his home in the woods.

  • NotAgain Aug 2, 2011

    NCcarguy, we all know it cost money. We are saying it is worth it in the long run. LONG RUN is a concept we forget. That old growth tree argument, I hope they/you dont apply that to humans, cause I think we end up consuming more and producing less in our old age, are we of any value then?

  • whatelseisnew Aug 2, 2011

    If you want to live where there is plenty of green space, a lot of counties in North Carolina have plenty of empty space. With Raleigh being near to the middle, it is not a long move to get there.

    It is good to see some of this garbage get backed off of people so they can start functioning again without being blackmailed by Government.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Aug 2, 2011

    See WRAL...instead of doing your job and actually reporting on what this means, you just make a statement. Why don't you actually do a little work and find out what the new open space requirements are? or what the stormwater management requirements are? how long the permit process takes? how expensive that is? and how those costs are transfered to the home owners? But no...the liberal media you are would rather not really work, and have people make statements that just aren't true. Good job....you should get some kind of award for this.

  • 426X3 Aug 2, 2011

    Who needs trees? They just suck in all that CO2 and give off that nasty O2. Who needs it?

  • storchheim Aug 2, 2011

    "....or do you not trust YOUR government as well?"

    Is that a serious question?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Aug 2, 2011

    love the talking points guys...but do some research before you use them. Old growth will start to put off as much carbon as it takes in and becomes nuetral. It will also start to create large amounts of undergrowth which makes for great forest fires when it finally lights. New growth trees eat up carbon and put off oxygen making it so you can breath....maybe the problem is you're living near old growth now, and not getting enough oxygen?

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