So last week new Town Council member and former CHN columnist Maria Palmer blamed the messenger for doing its job.
Palmer is a passionate, dedicated public servant and activist, but she is off base when she says our coverage of the Ephesus-Fordham plan has been “terrible” and dismisses criticism as “rants” by a small group opposed to all change in Chapel Hill.
CHN columnist Mark Zimmerman has been an early and leading proponent of the form-based code proposal. The newspaper has run commentaries by former Councilman Gene Pease, David Godschalk and Michael Parker supporting the plan.
The criticism has outweighed the support, but I looked at who has written in against or questioning the plan: Sally McIntee, Fred Lampe, David Gellatly, Del Snow, Ariana Mangum, Jean Ranc, Jean Yarnell, former Councilwoman Julie McClintock, Deborah Fulghieri, John Chambers, Judy Morris, Susan Bernstein and David Schwartz, among them. Palmer should remember she represents these people too.
Further, staff writer Tammy Grubb's stories have given voice to valid perspectives. It was after our front-page flooding story (and town stormwater board concerns) that the E-F plan was revised to hold developers accountable for runoff from their projects, instead of relying on two ponds in the plan that were never meant to handle future growth.
Here’’s what some of you said after I posted this on my Facebook page Friday:
Mark Schultz is the editor of The Chapel Hill News.