Residents of the Alabama Avenue neighborhood have asked the Carrboro Board of Aldermen to revise the development approval process to put permit requests like the Family Dollar application under the aldermen's jurisidiction.
As it stands now, the process involving the Board of Adjustment puts too great a burden on neighbors to follow the process and any changes applicants make along the way. In the Family Dollar case, the group also says the quasi judicial process did not allow for sufficient public input.
"We love our community, and we will fight for it as long as we have to. But this is Carrboro, and we shouldn’t have to fight this hard for social and environmental justice," the residents write. "We recognize the benefit of responsible development to our Town. We ask that the Town Staff and our elected officials ensure that citizens and property owners with such a deep and personal stake in these decisions can provide input that will be respected, without fear of reprisal, and that the process be amended to allow the Town to work with both the applicant and the affected community in a transparent, participatory manner."
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