Letter to the editor: At least Bermuda Run board listens to residents

Published 3:52 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2022

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To the editor:

Well, it’s good to see that some citizens are listened to by the elected officials.

Unlike the spot zoning at Farmington Road and US-158 the Bermuda Run citizens gleaned the correct official statement (“finding the amendment is not consistent with the … Comprehensive Plan and does not consider the action to be reasonable and in the public interest, that the proposal is not consistent with the desired character of the surrounding community …” Not consistent is exactly what the few who spoke against the spot zoning stated.

Now the area will probably be subjected to 24 hours a day of truck traffic at an already busy intersection (which is about to get busier with a couple of hundred new Ashley employees coming over from Statesville due to the Ashely plant closing there). The area is and should have remained RA zoned with rural subdivision enclaves and light commercial road frontage corridor. A mixed use community with affordable senior and new homeowner housing is what is needed – the public interest – as opposed to yet another distribution center (watching the news lately, such things are closing in several locations). Jobs – and a distro center will provide relatively few – are within commuting distance.

So, what’s wrong with coming home to the country? You can bet the folks who lost jobs in Statesville will spend their salaries there, not in Davie. Same thing with the few jobs a spec built distribution center will provide.

The turnout in Bermuda Run indicates that at least some part of the population hasn’t been beaten down by the “they’ll just do what they want to do and not listen to us ” mantra. Good for them. Of course, they have a concise voting block unlike Davie with its at-large system, but that’s another discussion.

William Vaughan