Help us staff the "Save Black Meadow Ridge" Community Advocacy Booth
AT THE FESTIVAL FOR THE ENO at WEST POINT PARK on JULY 3rd and 4th!
Calling all folks who LOVE great music and also want to help save the Black Meadow Ridge! The Eno River Association is helping us make FREE TICKETS available to the EnoFest for the first 20 people who sign up to help us man a booth advocating to
Save Black Meadow Ridge during the festival. It is an easy job in a shaded booth, you will simply help us pass out flyers, get additional petition signatures, and brief community members on the status of the ongoing challenge to the proposed "Westpoint" 379-unit townhome development that would clear-cut the entire 60+ acre BMR forest adjoining West Point Park, and replace it with townhomes and impervious surfaces.
Sign up easily for a 3-hour volunteer shift using the following link and PASSWORD:
Link: ENOFEST ADVOCACY VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LINK
Password: "Enofest Advocacy"
CONTACT US at "email@example.com" if you have any questions about this great opportunity to make a positive impact while attending a fantastic annual festival! We will be in touch with the first 20 volunteers to arrange getting you your festival ticket about 1 week before EnoFest.
Can you help with SAVE BMR legal fees?
We created a GoFundMe page to raise money for our legal fees. Currently there are THREE APPEALS challenging the proposed "Westpoint" development that are pending before the Durham Board of Adjustment. It has been necessary to pay extensive legal fees and retain expert witnesses, so the expense of fighting to prevent this ill conceived development is steadily growing. We have retained TC Morphis at BROUGH LAW FIRM, one of the state's preeminent firms specializing specifically in zoning and land use matters. 100% of any contributions you make will go DIRECTLY to the Brough Law firm for legal fees that are specific to our BMR appeals cases. Learn more here.
Concerns shared with Durham City Council at the September 10 work session
Several citizens addressed the Durham City Council at the September 10 Work Session during the Citizen Matters portion of the meeting. The Council seemed interested in the issue of preventing a high-density development at Black Meadow Ridge, and asked the planning department to provide more details about what actions might be possible for them to intervene.
Sign the Petition!
Please take a moment to sign the PETITION collecting signatures of community members concerned about the
proposed Westpoint development. The petition advocates for protection of the Black Meadow Ridge parcels through
a comprehensive full development plan review process, including hearings with public input, and votes of the Planning Commission and City Council. Can you spread the word and help us get 5000 signatures?
SIGN IT HERE:
News and events:
August 20, 2020: The Spring Magazine published an article highlighting our work to preserve the West Point Park as it currently exists.
February 11, 2020: CBS17 talks with Christy Benson about the project (more...)
February 10, 2020: We've hired an attorney and created a GoFundMe page for legal fees (more...)
February 6, 2020: WRAL visits West Point on the Eno to talk to Tom Merrigan! (more...)
February 5, 2020: We held a very successful kickoff meeting on Tuesday, February 4th (more...)
The "TAKE ACTION" page has been updated to show ways you can help. Find specifics on writing letters to place your concerns on the official development case record, and share them with key decision makers in the Durham city government.
What's Going on?
The city of Durham is reviewing a proposal for a large development just south of the West Point on the Eno park. Currently there are no plans for public input before it is approved.
The construction of the proposed Westpoint development would demolish 54 acres of trees, vegetation and some really large rocks to construct nearly 400 townhomes and single family dwellings on the two largest Black Meadow Ridge parcels.
The city of Durham is not planning on any public input as part of the approval process. We think this is wrong given the potential impact on the the park and the surrounding area.
The best outcome would be to preserve the area just as it is. But if it is going to be developed, it should use Durham's Future Land Use Map instead of the 1972 legacy plan that is the current basis for the overly dense project.
Traffic on North Roxboro St. will get worse, especially after the new Northern High School is built across the street from the planned development.
The city of Durham itself says that these parcels are critical watershed areas for preservation. The proposed development may exacerbate existing flooding problems at the very popular West Point on the Eno park, as well as in nearby neighborhoods that already experience frequent flooding.
View the rest of the site to learn more, and to find out how to take action if you are as concerned as we are.
ABOUT "Save Black Meadow Ridge"
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