Removing the "Trust" from the formula:
Troxler cast the lone vote against the land deal at Tuesday’s Council of State meeting. At issue is a 20-acre tract of land deeded to the state under a conservation easement. The easements are popular among farmers who don’t want their land to ever be developed.
But developers are eyeing the Edenton site as an ideal spot for an unnamed boat manufacturer that’s considering bringing 300 jobs to the area. State environmental officials have worked out a deal that trades the 20 acres for a separate 60-acre site that will be put under a conservation easement.
First off, the amount of acreage swapped may have little bearing on the overall environmental impact of the proposed development. I'd like to think DENR was aware of that when putting this together, but my confidence in their approach to such things these days is lacking, to say the least. Second (and more important), every time we pull a stunt like this, we're sending a message to future conservation-minded donors that their wishes will only be honored as long as it suits us to do so. Not good.