by Fiona Morgan
Morrisville's Board of Commissioners (as of Monday, renamed Town Council) is considering a proposal to give the town's planning director the authority to approve development proposals for a long list of projects -- from single-family subdivisions to office and commercial buildings under 40,000 square feet -- so long as they conform to current zoning regulations and other ordinances. Also on the list of projects: hotels, public buildings such as schools and rec centers, and projects in the town center. There would be no public hearings on the proposed developments, just public notice on the town's Web site. (Click here for a PDF of the administrative proposal.)
An anonymous blogger at Citizens For Morrisville thinks this is a bad idea. "The proposal removes public oversight on most of the future building projects in Morrisville," the blogger writes.
The little town near the RDU airport is growing fast these days. It's in the middle of evaluating its Land Use Transportation Plan, which will set a development course for many years to come. The next meeting on the LUTP will happen next Tuesday, Sept. 2, and the next public hearing is Oct. 28.