Protect Freshwater Streams from Development Project

Chapel Hill stream by bobistraveling

Target: Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Goal: Save land that is crucial for water quality and flood management from a destructive development project.

A proposed development project seeks to destroy a crucial piece of land that is vital for water preservation. Known as a resource conservation district, this land was set aside by the local government to act as a natural discharge for rainwater and as a buffer in the floodplain if a flood were to occur. Building on this plot will destroy the natural ecology of the landscape and could potentially destroy the buildings that lay on top of this crucial land. Take action now to protect this conservation district from a multi-million dollar development.

Development is the number one reason why we are losing our precious natural areas. Developers in Chapel Hill, North Carolina want to create a 54-acre area full of retail, office, and residential buildings. This concrete jungle is referred to as the Edge. The project managers of the Edge have proposed construction on five acres of one of the city’s resource conservation districts. This particular district has an intermittent and perennial stream that run through the area.

Northwood Ravin, the company behind the Edge, wants to relocate the streams underground and protect the area for further development. Currently, the Chapel Hill government approved a special use permit for Northwood Ravin. However, this does not mean that the development will happen. A decision has been delayed and this is our chance to make a difference for the city of Chapel Hill.

Moving the streams underground will destroy the purpose of having a resource conservation district. Streams are naturally moving bodies of water that are not always in set paths; streams meander and change depending on environmental conditions. Setting these streams underground could destroy them forever. Furthermore, the conservation districts were set in place to reduce property damage from flooding. Not only will the city of Chapel Hill need to pay to improve the roads if this project is approved but will also have to deal with property damage costs when a flood destroys the Edge.

By signing this petition, you are urging the mayor of Chapel Hill to deny Northwood Ravin the right to development and destroy a much-needed resource conservation district. The water quality of this area is at stake and we must protect our natural resources.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Kleinschmidt,

The resource conservation districts were put in place for a reason: To protect our precious water supplies. If you allow Northwood Ravin to develop on a resource conservation district, freshwater could be destroyed. This company has proposed to relocate the streams underground. This is not a good idea. Streams are naturally meandering watercourses that must have the ability to remain flexible depending on the environmental conditions. The health of these natural streams will be at stake if this project is fully approved.

The conservation districts were created to maintain water discharge and act as a buffer zone during floods. If development is on this floodplain, property damages will occur and the city will have to deal with further expenses due to this. Chapel Hill’s integrity should be protected. This development will simply be an expensive eyesore and a perpetual polluter of noise and light. We do not need more development when our natural areas are diminishing so rapidly around the country. Please protect the water quality and natural land of Chapel Hill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: bobistraveling

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One Comment

  1. Mark Kleinschmidt says:

    not sure why this is targeted at me. During the public hearings I was the most vocal, along with Councilmembet Palmer, on this exact issue.

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