Here are some photos I took on my visit today to Maple View
Dairy in rural Orange County. They were hosting a celebration to thank UNC Chancellor
Holden Thorp for halting the process for the airport. Mr. Thorp was there having an ice cream as
well as many of the key parties that worked so hard to oppose the airport.
The university may halt its plans to build an airport in Orange County.
Holden Thorp plans a press conference at 11 a.m. this morning to
announce a "change" in the plans for an airport authority in Orange
County. Thorp had announced in September that UNC would convene the
authority early this year.
Orange County Commissioner Mike Nelson said the university would not be pursuing an airport in the county.
The Airport Action Group sent the following letter to UNC President Erskine Bowles.
The citizens of Orange County have been totally left out of the airport process while UNC and their legislative allies have been colluding with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and other special business interests.
Two opening volleys for 2009 on the airport controversy appeared in the CH Herald and the CH News respectively this Sunday.
An article by Neil Offen in the CHH ("National pilots group pushes for new airport") leads with: "A national pilots and aircraft owners group plans
to meet with UNC system President Erskine Bowles early this year to
push for the creation of a new airport in Orange County."
Orange County Voice, a citizens group organized against siting an
airport or a trash depot in southwest Orange County, will hold a
fundraiser Saturday at Harry's Market to help pay legal fees to fight
the county's plan to site a garbage transfer station on Highway 54 west
of White Cross.
The sale and raffle will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 20 at Harry's Market, 3300 N.C. Highway 54. Art and
baked goods will be on sale, and musicians will be playing. $10 raffle
tickets will give a chance to win art, pottery, wood-working or gift
certificates from local businesses such as Harry's and Fiesta Grill.
The raffle drawing will happen at 2 p.m.
Wonder if anyone who has had an opinion about the CH library expansion saw the Signe Wilkinson cartoon (from the Phila. Daily News) in today's (11/21) ink-and-paper N&O. [I can't provide a link because the N&O isn't allowed to reproduce it on their website and, apparently, the Phila. Daily News hasn't yet uploaded it.] Here is link: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/Signe_on_the_economy.html?index=8#photo
Since May 2008 I count six posts relating to the County Comp Plan. The event calendar thread of Nov. 17 by far has generated the most comments -- 25 and counting. However, few of these comments actually debate the proposed comp plan -- which will guide growth and development in the county's planning jurisdiction for the next 20 years.