Met with Julie McClintock and Madeline Jefferson this week. McClintock, the former Town Council member, and Jefferson, the former Town Council candidate (and now out of the wheelchair after a serious accident), are part of Neighbors for Responsible Growth. The group holds a forum for Town Council candidates Wednesday at Town Hall.
NRG -- not to be confused with CFRG (Citizens For Responsible Government, which holds its own forum at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Franklin Hotel) -- is asking specific
questions: How would you determine sustainable growth rates? How can the town avoid unwarranted consequences in development? How will you determine whether the Carolina North agreement is working when the three-year assessment
These are good questions. It is hard in the midst of development to know its long term impact. Is Greenbridge a national model for environmentally conscious development, or is it a blight that will hasten the demise of a historically black neighborhood across the street (or both)? Is East 54 the kind of mixed-use development Chapel Hill needs to foster mass transit and begin balancing the tax base, or a too out-of-scale project too close to the highway that has forever marred what had been a pastoral entrance to town (or both)?