Southern Durham Development admittedly attempted to foil a second petition that included Chancellor’s Ridge homeowners last week, by donating land rights to part of its property to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. When the N.C. DOT realized its acceptance of that land would nullify the citizens’ petition on a technicality, the department attempted to revoke its acceptance.
The last-minute maneuver also pushed back, yet again, county commissioners’ attempt to vote on 751 South, an event that has been scheduled and rescheduled since last spring.
On July 26, when commissioners were on the verge of voting, Durham County Attorney Lowell Siler asked them for more time to consider whether the N.C. DOT’s revocation, which was written by lawyers at the attorney general’s office and filed in court, is legally binding.
Siler’s decision is expected Aug. 9, when commissioners meet at 7 p.m. to vote on whether to allow 751 South to go forward—a move that could put the issue to rest, at least for the time being.
Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick, Lowell. You said you needed 48 hours last Monday to make a determination as to whether NCDOT's revocation of the easement passed muster. Indiana Jones found the Ark of the Covenant in less time than it's taken you to try to find a hole in NCDOT's revocation. I mean, what the fuck else could you possibly be looking for, since the attorneys at NCDOT and the state AG's office have vetted this document as valid? Are you sure you're being objective here, or is your office actually being used to try to sway the outcome of these hearings?
If you do find a way to declare that NCDOT's actions don't count, and as a result the opponents' protest petition is invalid, and the rezoning application has enough support on the County Commission to pass, you do realize that your name will be forever linked with shady and dishonest dealings in Durham County lore, right?
But i suppose that, like former County Commissioner Lewis Cheek, there's probably an office with your naming waiting over at K&L Gates.