You’ll forgive the skepticism some feel over news that the town of Zebulon is once again exploring options for improving downtown. Commissioners discussed the notion at their recent planning retreat and it seems fairly obvious that the town’s leaders are all on record as supportive such efforts.
But just how supportive will they be when it comes time to enact stricter land use rules and regulations?
How supportive will they be of providing financial incentives to property owners willing to invest in their downtown buildings to make the area more attractive to a higher caliber of tenant?
There are options available to commissioners. Some of them could prove costly. And those costly options would require some capital outlay on the part of property owners who, in the past, have not been all that enticed to make their properties look nicer.
Others could be done at relatively little cost. Concrete and gravel alleyways could be turned into pocket parks to give the most concrete part of town a little greener appearance.
Property owners in downtown Zebulon will likely take a wait and see attitude as next year’s operating budget is put together. If the town is intent on following through with its stated desire to remake downtown, there will be funds set aside to do that and a commitment in future years to keep that investment going.
We just hope commissioners will put their money where their mouths are.