What is going on in Apex? State House Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam from Apex got a bill through the House (House Bill 201) that would take away protest petitions and all of the residents’ powers in rezoning decisions.
The current protest petition process is supported by the Cary Town Council because its members feel it provides appropriate pressure for developers and residents to negotiate acceptable compromises. It affects only 11 percent of rezoning requests.
But Stam says the law gives neighbors too much say over what an individual can do with his land, despite the fact that the owner bought that land with its current zoning.
Apex Mayor Bill Sutton says citizens already have a voice at council meetings, but there is a big difference between having a voice and having actual power. Apex Councilwoman Denise Wilkie thinks, “Elected officials should have the community’s best interest at heart.”
If that were always true, who better to decide what the impact will be than the actual neighbors?
It is one thing to be pro-business. It is quite another to want to take away your citizens’ current rights in shaping their futures.