Prioritize enforcement of the map, require amendments to have their own meetings. Fix the density definitions so high density actually means high density. Put future school target areas on the map. Take dual striping seriously, converting to single stripe. Fix density. Add a park in far western Apex.
Change Electric Rate Schedule to Encourage Conservation
Provide a graduated rate schedule which rewards low users with lower bills. Provide an advantageous time of use schedule to promote off-peak usage and discourage peak usage. This will lower everyone’s bill’s as our wholesale rate is tied to our peak usage.
Expand Salem Street Sidewalks
Remove the parallel parking and expand the sidewalks to expand the space for retail use, including outdoor seating and dining. Line Salem St with trees.
Stop Clearcutting with a Tree Protection Ordinance
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.
There is an active petition to make this happen; please sign and share.
Create an Environmental Review Board
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.
Land Use Map Amendments Must Be Considered Independently
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.