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Last updated 9/8/2021 at 12:57pm

As reported in your Sept. 2 edition concerning the laudable Cedar Mountain Small Area Planning effort (CMSAP), Jason Chappell – chairman of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners – is quoted as having a “philosophical problem” with the CMSAP, describing it as “back-door zoning.”

We need pragmatic leaders, not ideologues, who understand what the residents of this county actually want. Affordable housing and good-paying jobs are certainly top of the list, but also important, as reflected in a superbly conducted poll of Cedar Mountain residents, is preservation of the beauty of this area’s rural character and natural resources.

The Highway 276 corridor from the South Carolina border into town must be protected from the creeping of urban-style blight, already under way.

I am referring, of course, to the two Dollar General stores now scarring this magnificent roadway into town, and at least three land-clearing eyesores (near the southernmost DG; near the Whiskey Creek entrance; and near Connestee Road).

Too much damage has already been done. The vast majority of folks living along this corridor do not want this situation to worsen. Our shared value of preserving the rural beauty of Transylvania is at stake, along with negative impacts on nearby property values and countywide tourism.

While zoning may seem to some as a bridge too far, surely input and control from local residents, as modestly proposed by the CMSAP effort, is a bridge within everyone’s reach.

Karl M. Terrell



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