The Southern Pines Planning Board held a public hearing at the Douglass Community Center on April 19 for two applications for property development.
The first, involving construction of four multi-family units in Southern Pines, went fairly well except for some obsessing over landscaping and trees by certain Board members -- almost to the point of hilarity.
The second, involving construction of a commercial site on a lot on US-15-501, did not go well. The Board engaged in what seemed to me to be rather heavy-handed behavior, and the petitioner ultimately withdrew his petition for now. The Board Members essentially told the petitioner that he could not develop (i.e. use) his property until all of the owners of nearby properties in the same area decided what THEY want to do -- and then the Board wishes to consider all properties as an "integrated plan".
This is despotism! I do not understand how a local government can deny legitimate petitions and place a property owner in bondage to other people. The petitioner has already spent thousands of his own dollars on engineering, survey, architectural, and landscaping plan costs, on petition work with other government agencies, and with financing arrangements -- and the Board tells him to wait years until nearby property owners decide what they wish to do with their properties. Outrageous!! Tyrannical!!
I was extremely disappointed in this Planning Board and in the actions of several of its members.
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