Previously I wrote about 2 acres of forest at the end of Shelburne Drive in West Asheville [“Time to Act, While There’s Something Left to Save,” Feb. 11, Xpress] that are about to be destroyed to make way for a major subdivision. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved this with total disregard for environmental impact, particularly concerning the French Broad River.
The French Broad River already has a documented turbidity problem, among other issues, and it will be impacted by this atrocity. The commission approved this with total disregard to safety issues, leaving the city exposed to litigation if an accident should occur. And it likely will. No traffic study was completed. My neighbors on Shelburne Drive are getting screwed. Their property will be taken to widen a gravel driveway to a 27-foot-wide road.
“Developed” is a euphemism for “destroyed,” and Asheville’s “development” is a death by a thousand cuts. People can’t look the other way and ignore it because the destruction is everywhere. … It’s time that [the commission members] should be held to account. …
This is YOUR town, Asheville residents. Take a stand, while there’s still something left to save!
— Joseph Nolan
Editor’s note: Contact information about the Planning and Zoning Commission can be found at http://avl.mx/0sc.