Now that we’re suddenly adjacent to multiple car dealerships, we need an ordinance to ban test driving of vehicles on town owned roads.
Follow the NC Forest Service’s guide to develop a robust tree protection ordinance. Don’t allow clearcutting without a permit, don’t grant a permit unless every tree cutdown is more than adequately replaced.
Apex has outgrown our current government structure, which is more appropriate for a small village. Change the town council to six members, four of which run in districts and two run at large. Change the mayor to be a “voting” mayor with more executive authority. Change the name of the Town Council to Board of Alderman, to better mark the distinction and get people to notice.
Create an environmental review board, a citizens advisory board which is a peer of the planning board, purely to review the environmental impact of a proposed rezoning considering all mitigations offered by the developer and make an approval or denial recommendation.
Basic information about school assignment and capacity status is not made available to the planning board or town council. Start making basic information about school assignment and capacity status available to the planning board and town council, so this information can be used when making zoning decisions.
Currently, rezonings which require a land use map amendment are “bundled” together in a single hearing and a single vote. In effect, this precludes an important context free discussion about the best land use from taking place. Instead, requiring separate hearings, separate votes. No rezonings unless it first conforms to the land use map. Land use map amendments can be put forward very early in the process, potentially saving the developer time and money in the event it is turned down.
The Planning Board is doing the wrong job. Clarify that the Apex Planning Board’s mission is to provide subjective judgement on the value of a development to the town, from a citizens perspective. Increase the membership by one, decrease the length of the terms, simplify the process for removing members.
Remove all or almost all current members, and start fresh.
Update the notification process to be more appropriate for 2019, including outreach by email and town social media assets. Increase the notification time to 14 days, and the required distance to 500 feet. Requiring signage to be put up around any impacted neighborhoods.