County officials are planning to clear-cut all the way to our property line for the new Patriot Park in South Cherokee…leaving no buffers for noise, lights and privacy. If we wanted a buffer, the county would be “generous” enough to plant trees on “our” property.
For any other entity coming before Planning and Zoning and the Commissioners, stipulations are always required before approval is granted. Buffers between businesses and neighborhoods or new developments and current land owners are always required.
Recently, a 75’ undisturbed buffer was suggested by Mr. (Buzz) Ahrens for a new Chatham residential development and an existing land owner. That buffer was approved. A subdivision is not nearly as invasive with traffic and noise as a park with ball fields.
I have an email I received from Harry Johnston when I was first questioning the park being next to my property. In his email, he stated, “We generally leave at least a 50-foot undisturbed buffer adjacent to any residential land uses, and we add trees to that buffer if there aren’t many there already. We’ll fence the entire park.”
The county should be no exception from any other business or development. They should abide by the same rules as they impose on others. They should use the same 50-foot or 75-foot undisturbed buffers between their park properties and adjoining land owners.
I have an article that was a letter to the editor dated July 2009. The writer was referring to the then new soccer complex and requesting the county be a good neighbor.
The families surrounding the complex were asking for undisturbed buffers, replanting of vegetation and trees.
I believe it has been an ongoing issue getting the county to be a good neighbor and consider the feelings, quality of life and the tranquility of surrounding property owners.
I am speaking for the property owners surrounding Patriot Park and I am asking again that the county do the right thing and be a good neighbor.