Special Use Permit

Comments to the County Commissioners – 6/2/14

Concerning: Proposed Changes to the Special Use Permit process.

Chairman White and County Commissioners,

My name is Rob Zapple and I am a resident of New Hanover County.

I am encouraged to be in a room this evening where everyone agrees that a Special Use Permit process that maintains a strong local voice, is important to our community. We have made great progress – but there is still a ways to go.

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Zapple Doctrine Disregarded & Discarded

It is very disappointing to see how easily it now is to use the airwaves of radio and television broadcasting for advancing political agendas - as long as you have enough money, the power of the media goes to the highest bidder.  Any sense of fair play or balanced point of view has been eliminated, although, the general public is largely unaware. If it is on TV, it must be credible and if a single message is on TV a lot, it must be the truth.

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The Real Race is in November

The primary is Tuesday, but....   The real choice comes in November.

You won’t see my name on the ballot on Tuesday, because on my side of the aisle the race is uncontested.  But you will see me  on the ballot in November...and you’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the next six months.  I’m running for County Commissioner because I know we can do better...and make our county government more effective and more efficient.  We can  work harder to support our teachers and our schools.   
We can make all of our neighborhoods safer...for all of our citizens.   
And we can add jobs and grow our economy by protecting our most valuable asset...our special coastal environment.   
     
Rob ZAPPLE for County Commissioner   
   
Competence.    Character.    Leadership.   
 
For today...and the future.             
 
   
 
 
     
 

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Signs for the Primary

We have decided NOT to put signs out on the streets and traffic medians during the run up to the Primary, for 2 reasons. First, my name will not be on the ballot for the May 6th election, because it is an uncontested primary for me, and it may be confusing to people who make an effort to get to the polls to vote for me and don't find my name. Second, I recognize the visual clutter the signs create, and I don't want to add to it if it's not necessary. I DO encourage all of my supporters to put signs in their yards or places of business, starting now, to show support for me and keep my name in the public consciousness.

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Questioning the Garner Report

Attended the special joint meeting of County Commissioners and City Council for the presentation of the Garner Report. This economic study, which cost the taxpayers $92,500, is heavily slanted towards industry, and among the recommendations is to eliminate the Special Use Permit, create a new layer of government to focus on economic development at the cost of $350,000 per year, hiring additional consultants at a minimum cost of $125,000, and raising the sales tax to create $32,000,000 to pay for all of the above.

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2014 and Beyond - A Vision for the Future

 

2014 and Beyond—A Vision for the Future

Whatever new and unexpected challenges New Hanover County may face in 2014, there’s one challenge that’s certain:  How are we going to protect our quality of life from the increasing pressures of growth and development?  From the traffic on South College—to the quality of our air and water—how do we not just maintain but improve the livability and appeal of our region?

With each passing year, the choices get harder and the stakes get higher. And with our population booming and our open space shrinking, we are running out of time to make good decisions.

We can take heart, however, knowing the county has faced tough decisions—and made smart choices—before.

 

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