Eno River Durham NC

North Durham Residents Want to Stop a Custom Home Builder From Developing Hundreds of Homes on the Cusp of West Point on the Eno River

Last week, Thomasi McDonald wrote in the Durham NC Indy about a developer’s plans to build hundreds of homes on the cusp of Durham’s West Point on the Eno River, with the potential for more flooding, affected water quality, and other environmental impacts. Indy readers had a lot to say about this proposal.

“When will our City & County leaders take water quality and availability into consideration when approving these environmentally destructive developments.” wrote Facebook commenter Shannon Carney David.” This particular development will poison the water we all need to survive.”

“This is unacceptable and should be a priority for our next Mayor and Council.” wrote commenter and candidate Bree L. Davis. “I am running for mayor of Durham and have environmental & climate justice issues as a concern to be addressed with our future comprehensive plan. I am always available to discuss… I care.”

“My Partner and I put in an offer on this house but found a petition about this Eno River project that evening and were able to retract it.” wrote commentator Cristin Ryman. “Finding the petition resurfaced a lot of old memories. I had forgotten about this land, and it has been under threat for years. It’s sad and shameful for so many reasons.”

Durham County Councilmember Chalie Reece weighed in on the council’s plans to address the development and citizens’ requests to take the matter to a public hearing. “The case is still pending before the Board of Adjustment,” Reece wrote. “The board is only conducting virtual meetings right now to COVID, and both parties to a case have to consent to a virtual hearing. In this case, both parties have not consented. The matter is delayed indefinitely.”

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