Why the rush at Pep­per Hall?

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

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


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