Why the rush at Pepper Hall?
The question that jumps to mind regarding the development agreement of Pepper Hall, is that after years of trying to find a compromise, which, if not perfect, at least would be palatable to the public and owners … why this rush?
Days before the final vote, a new version of the agreement has emerged, maybe! Has the planning department reviewed this version thoroughly? How about the county attorney?
If questioned before the council and public before the final vote, what would their answer be? How many hours do they normally spend on an agreement of this size? What’s the traffic impact? How many new curb cuts?
How can we know, when we don’t know how many houses or how much commercial is to be built? If we agree to fund any portion of the stormwater mitigation, what’s the cost?
How is anyone, other than the residents of Pepper Hall, going to be able to enjoy this supposed new park? What’s the impact on our overcrowded schools?
What I question the most is why four Beaufort County Council members who seem to be willing to vote “yes” to any version of this agreement, are not going to be on the council when the public finds out the answers to these and many more questions — along with the cost to the environment and the taxpayers.
It seems strange to me that they wouldn’t let their replacements, who will live with this agreement, be the one to vote “yea” or “nay.” What’s the rush, now?
– Cathy Scott