Every so often I have to eat my words and today is one of those days. I attended the Wake County Planning Board Land Use Committee Meeting today. This was for areas 1-3 of the ETJ request. I went in expecting more of the same type of treatment that I have grown used to while attending the city meetings. I am sure you know what I am talking about. That feeling that everyone is there just checking a box to say that it was completed.
Today’s meeting was very refreshing. The committee seemed genuinely concerned with the issues that were raised. They did not seem ready to simply hand over our freedoms to the whims of the Fuquay planning department. Now I am not so foolish as to think the tide has turned and suddenly the powers that be will simply leave us alone. That being said, I am optimistic that we can make a difference in the outcome.
I didn’t even bother posting the meeting prior because honestly, I was hesitant to ask for others to give up more of their time to pointless fruitless meetings. I now see that this was a mistake. Fortunately this is not a mistake that can’t be corrected.
The next meeting is Wednesday Feb. 20th at 11:00AM @Wake County Justice Center , 301 S. McDowell St. Raleigh. At this meeting we will be discussing all 5 areas of the Fuquay ETJ.
I know this meeting is during the day and it requires going to downtown Raleigh but please write this into your calendar and make a point to go. It would be great if you are willing to say a few words but just showing up will go a long way. I know it is easy to get discouraged and start believing the old adage “You Can’t Fight City Hall” but trust me when I say that this will not be another pointless fruitless meeting. The committee is willing to listen and their recommendations will carry a lot of weight with the county Commissioners. I promise I will only ask for your attendance at two more meetings. This one on Feb 20th and the Commissioners meeting whenever it is finally scheduled.
If you have been waiting from the sidelines now is the time to get involved. Let’s show the committee that Fuquay’s over-reach is not acceptable and not in the best interest of the citizens of Southern Wake County.
For others who attended today’s meeting please leave comments on your thoughts. If you plan to go to the Feb 20th meeting please let us know in the comments as well.