I am disappointed that after waiting about six months to, what I'll call, repair New Hanover County's Special Use Permit, the vote by the county commission ended in a tie and nothing changes.
The way I saw it, the recommended changes were aimed at clearing up the vagueness in the current permitting process. It's just not right to expect businesses and corporations to consider investing in this area if they don't know what the rules are going to be. They'll look elsewhere.
I feel strongly that a well crafted permit process can attract business growth and still protect the environment. I'm sorry Commissioners Jonathan Barfield and Beth Dawson don't see it that way.
Environmentalists are declaring this recent vote a victory. But this kind of thinking will come back to bite us. There is a "don't change anything" mentality among some here. They'd be happy to put up a sign that says New Hanover County is closed for business and new residents.
But the quality of life we enjoy depends on good schools, good highways and other things that cost money. Without adding some well paying jobs and growing the tax base, it all starts going away or becomes so expensive, we can't afford it anymore.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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