In regard to your Nov. 27 article “Chatham Park plans reopened for debate,” the remarks by Preston Development co-founder Tim Smith provided some mighty weak sauce for Thanksgiving Day. He says, “When people say they need more details, it’s hard for us to do that.” That argument would be astonishing if it weren’t for the fact that the developers have been using it with surprising success for the last 18 months.
Preston Development proposes a 7,000-acre project that will transform Chatham County and then says don’t ask us for details on stream protection, details on conservation areas, details on environmental impacts, details on traffic impact, details on almost anything. The developers of Chatham Park have the resources to provide a thorough and detailed master plan but have chosen not to do so.
While it is clearly to the advantage of the developers to have minimal requirements in place, it is to the detriment of everyone else in Chatham County. A majority of the Town Board did not see the issue in that light when they approved the inadequate master plan in June. I hope they will get a chance to reconsider that decision and put crucial requirements in place.
David Scott, Pittsboro