The County's original concept was to provide a "local" greenway for neighborhood residents and not a "destination" greenway. The difference between the two concepts seemed to be lost on Andy Dulin. Dulin who has repeatedly mentioned via twitter that he often uses the Four Mile Greenway, despite living miles away. Dulin offered little comment about the plan in the last few weeks, an indication that he would vote in favor of developers.
Council member Warren Cooksey, who made the motion to approve the rezoning petition, had his council buddy Dulin quickly voicing his approval as well, giving in to pressure from Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and CVS as well as developer Lat Purser Associates.
More details on Charlotte City Councils approval from Susan Stabley and the Charlotte Business Journal here.
Cedar's Take: Approval of the band-aid fix does little to correct a design flaw created by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Charlotte Traffic Engineering.
The design of the parking concept, the trail head and placement of the proposed "new" parking lot entrance is amazingly counter intuitive as Cedar pointed out in a prior post here.
The suggestion of using a larger area off of Elm Lane was also discarded in favor of the quick fix.
Complete lack of common sense and basic understanding of traffic flow have been trumped by councils willingness to "suck up" to developers.
The approval should serve as a major focal point when Park and Rec moves to expand the Four Mile Greenway further east along the 10th and 11th fairways of the TPC at Piper Glen golf course. Park and Rec should expect strong objections and even class action lawsuits to enforce promisses made via the "South District plan" back in 1993. Construction on the extension is slated to begin in 2012.
Dulin and Cooksey who have a long standing record of supporting developers should be prepared to defend their record during the next election.