When I think about Chatham Park as currently proposed, I can’t stand the thought of losing our downtown, our wilderness, our clean water, and our night sky. Here is my most recent video about it:
Today our natural capital is at risk. If Chatham Park Investors have their way, they will convert our community of four thousand souls into a fifty five thousand person scar on the earth.
I’ve been making short movies about it. This was my first. People sometimes refer to Chatham Park Investors project as a “mini-RTP.” That’s incorrect. At 7,000 acres, the proposed development is larger than RTP itself.
One of the issues surrounding this project is water quality. The natural world is better at cleaning water than we are. Nowadays most communities are trying to preserve their natural watersheds in order to avoid costly chemical plants funded by tax increases. Apparently the Town of Pittsboro and Chatham Park have not figured this out yet. While New York City is buying up big swaths of the Catskills, as a method of reducing water costs, we are contemplating building a concrete jungle on top at the confluence of the Haw River and Jordan Lake.
It is hard to comprehend how our town, with one planner, and a volunteer planning board can possibly have the resources necessary to properly plan this project. Chatham Park Investors claim they have been planning this for years. The public is just seeing their plans for the first time. It begs the question: Will this be the community we want? Or are we just going to accept what they propose…