The agenda was published yesterday and the vote for THE Most Important Environmental Decision of the year is scheduled for 6:30 PM, October 27th at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth Street, Charlotte NC (free evening parking in Fourth Street parking deck). Check out the agenda items below.
Plan to attend the meeting and bring a sign calling for VOTE NO on this weakening of our clean water protections.
If you really want to learn more about the details, you can read this article in Creative Loafing: http://clclt.com/charlotte/developers-vs-the-environment/Content?oid=3534215
But here’s what you need to do immediately:
Send a letter, email or call the Mayor and as many City Council members as you can and tell them to oppose the extension of the temporary policy that allows developers to pay a fee to avoid on-site pollution controls. This fee is called a “fee-in-lieu,” meaning the developer makes a payment “in-lieu” of doing what is needed to control on-site pollution. While the payment will theoretically be used by the City storm water department to help clean-up our streams, that’s a backwards way of approaching the problem and will harm our streams. On-site pollution controls are needed.
Here are some talking points that you can use:
- Please oppose the extension of the “fee-in-lieu” to the Post-Construction Controls Ordinance.
- Over 80% of our streams are impaired and not fit for human contact.
- This is Charlotte’s most important ordinance for water quality.
- PCCO provides on-site regulations that are needed and cannot be replaced by less effective mitigation. On-site controls offer the best method of controlling pollution.
- PCCO was a compromise. A group of stakeholders met over several years to develop the ordinance. We can’t compromise on the compromise.
- It’s unrealistic to believe that development is being stopped by the PCCO.
- We should actually strengthen PCCO by requiring on-site filters.
- This is an example of paid staff from the development community trying to wear down citizens who have limited time to stay informed and involved in complicated issues. Citizens lose faith in the government and the process when this occurs.
- We should rename PCCO to “Charlotte Stream Protection Law” so that citizens can recognize its importance.
- This is an opportunity for the City Council to show environmental leadership and accountability.
Scroll down to see the email and phone numbers for the Mayor and City Council members.
Here’s the contact information for the Mayor and City Council:
Mayor Daniel (Dan) Clodfelter E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-336-2241
Mayor Pro Tem
Michael Barnes Email: email@example.com Phone: 704-509-6141
David Howard Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-336-4099
Claire Green Fallon Email: email@example.com Phone: 704-336-6105
Vi Lyles Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-336-3431
Patsy Kinsey, District 1 Email: email@example.com Phone: 704-336-3432 or 704-376-5367
Al Austin, District 2 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-336-3185
LaWana Mayfield, District 3 Email: email@example.com Phone: 704-336-3435 (office) or 704-352-7305 (cell)
Greg Phipps, District 4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-336-3436
John Autry, District 5 Email: email@example.com Phone: 704-336-2777
Kenny Smith, District 6 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 704-336-3433
Ed Driggs, District 7 Email:email@example.com Phone: 704-432-7077
This is critically important. If we lose this battle, we’ll lose the opportunity to clean-up our polluted streams.