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Miller: UDO Change Would Kill old WHS Sale PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Friday, 15 February 2013 06:21

The Watauga County Commission chairman has penned a two-page letter to the Boone Town Council and Mayor over the issue of recommendations adopted Tuesday night by the Boone Planning Board from the Affordable Housing Task Force to amend the Unified Development Ordinance. Chairman Nathan Miller did so in his role of representing “One of the largest property owners in the town,” Watauga County.  His letter starts out telling the Town that the ordinance change would have the unintended consequence of increasing housing costs.  He goes on to say that the change would kill the sale of the old Watauga High site, that harming both the town and county with a loss of tax revenue, not to mention the $18.9 million sale price. He says the requirements would end student housing development in the town of Boone. His letter concludes with, “the proposed amendment, as currently written, does not accomplish the goal of the town to create affordable housing,” and he asked for the town to take up the matter at their February 21st meeting instead of their Tuesday meeting next week to give commissioners an opportunity to attend the meeting. The letter follows:

 

  
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