Save Black Meadow Ridge Durham!
Save Black Meadow Ridge Durham!
Why this petition matters
We are a group of Durham NC citizens who have joined forces to educate the public and seek the assistance of Durham city officials regarding the likely adverse impacts of a proposed development on Black Meadow Ridge adjoining the City's Crown Jewel West Point on the Eno City Park. The proposed "Westpoint" development seeks to build 379 units of townhomes and single family homes on 60+ acres of the Black Meadow Ridge, on land already designated in Durham's "Critical Areas Protection Plan" ("CAPP") as "KEYSTONE" parcels of the most critical importance to the Eno River and Falls Lake watersheds.
These parcels share an extensive Northern boundary with Durham's Crown Jewel Park, the West Point on the Eno City Park, and are situated between two major streams (Warren Creek and Black Meadow Branch), which already experience major flooding leading to park and property damage in significant storms. The proposed 379 unit development would likely increase existing flooding, causing erosion/structural damage to the park's important historical buildings (such as the historic Grist Mill and other structures), as well as damage to river habitats, water quality, and surrounding neighborhoods.
The proposed development also would be constructed at the SAME TIME as the brand new NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL situated just across the busy N. Roxboro St, which serves as a major commuting corridor. N Roxboro St. already has major traffic backups during rush hours, and the proposed development would snarl traffic and cause a high volume of cars to cut through from N Roxboro to Stadium Drive, leading to dangerous conditions on small neighborhood streets not intended to handle high volume traffic.
The proposed "Westpoint" development is also completely inconsistent with the existing Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map, through which the City Council specifically voted to recommend "very low density" development of only 2 dwellings per acre. The developer is attempting to have the proposal reviewed merely as a "minor administrative site plan" review without any notice, public comment, or review and oversight by the City Council, Planning Commission, or Joint City-County Planning Committee (JCCPC). The Black Meadow Ridge has been the subject of substantial preservation efforts by the city and state in the past, and greater transparency and oversight is required from high level city officials before any development plan can be approved on these critically important parcels of land overlooking the Eno River and West Point City Park.
See more comprehensive details, proposed site plans, maps, and photos at this link, where you can also sign up to receive newsletters and updates about the proposed development status:
MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! >>>> PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION BELOW IF YOU BELIEVE THAT ANY DEVELOPMENT OF THE BLACK MEADOW RIDGE MUST BE HALTED UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE CITY CONDUCTS A COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN REVIEW, INCLUDING OVERSIGHT AND VOTES BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL, FOLLOWING FORMAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INPUT AND COMMENTS ON THE RECORD.