Checking the news today, we find that the City Council ignores what the Planning Commission and Durham residents want in regards to Parcel K. Parcel K is a proposed 800 unit development in southeast Durham.
- The Planning Commission, with an 11-1 vote to not approve the proposed development, ignored.
- The Durham residents who attended the meetings and overwhelmingly expressed disapproval for the development, ignored.
- Plans to update roads to support the development, non-existent.
- The developer attended the meetings at which they provided previously unannounced verbal changes to the proposal, inconsiderate if not a shady practice. These last-minute additions did not give the commission time to review and comment on the developer's, obviously intended, changes.
While Durham has a housing shortage and the developer did propose including 22 affordable units, there is no excuse for the City Council to rush through an overwhelming opposed proposal.