When intelligent people realize they have made a mistake they change direction. Unfortunately the majority of the Apex Town Council refuses to do so with the Sweetwater development. This is a critical development for the town, and I urge my colleagues to correct their mistakes before it is too late.
Apex’s Unified Development Ordinance requires the Council to consider “whether the proposed Conditional Zoning District use is substantially detrimental to the adjacent properties.” I believe the Sweetwater development is indeed “substantially detrimental to adjacent properties.” The vast majority of Apex residents agree with me.
Other considerations overlooked by the present lame-duck Apex Town Council are: compatibility, minimization of adverse impact, minimization of environmental impact, and impact on public facilities such as roads and schools.
Councilwoman Nicole Dozier and I have continuously urged this council to require Sweetwater to be more compatible with the area. We still have time to make this possible. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, we can deny annexation of the Sweetwater land into the town. We can then make this development more harmonious with its location in a manner comparable to other development proposals in the area. I urge my fellow council members to correct their mistakes before it is too late.
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Bill Jensen, Apex Town Council