Wonder these things:
1) Why does city council not adhere to the long-ago formulated strategy of using Hwy 16 for industrial traffic?
2) Why is city council trying to recommend a 4-lane N. Main street?
3) Why are we trying to upgrade our sewer capacities well beyond what we "need"?
Let's look at a rumor to see if there is any other evidence supporting or debunking the rumor. The rumor is that 2000-4000 homes are to be built near Pinewood school. (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=81&p=380&hilit=new+homes#p380
) There is no possible site in our town limits that could accommodate such a development. But if you look around for sites that CAN accommodate the large development, you find one in prime location -- just outside of our city limits.
Now there is some very interesting things to consider here -- some questions we town folk need to ask of our elected representatives:
A) Is your City Council promoting/developing the interests of an out-of-town developer of an out-of-town parcel over the interest of in-town voters?
B) Is your City Council entering into deals with Charlotte thereby compromising our independence as a town by "giving" our sewer system to Charlotte so that we can quickly accommodate a large, new development?
C) Is your City Council ignoring overwhelming evidence that the voters DO NOT WANT large growth?
D) Would it be considered "corrupt" for a City Council to act or be influenced in the interests of entities other than those they are to represent?
E) How much would town voters disapprove of any effort to alter the town and pay to support a development of this size without clear communication with voters of the intent/outcome?
F) Are the tax payers of Mount Holly paying higher taxes so that we can build the town up to handle this new development?
The rumor is the site pictured below (top picture) owned by "Walton NC Westlake LP". This could be the same "Walton" that also owns the River Park parcel that came before City Council in Nov 2014. (bottom picture)
This could be a good thing for Mount Holly -- but not if it's done by stacking the deck and with a secret strategy where the town people don't participate -- or even have the opportunity to participate. Anyone have thoughts or additional information? If there is a RISK that this rumor might be true, should we make sure our City Council is aware of this rumor and knows that we want them to support or resist any movement toward this end? Perhaps this is all coincidence or perhaps some/all of council doesn't know anything about this potential development site. Thoughts on that?