Aberdeen Zoning Procedure Overridden by NCGA

The NC Legislature decided that the Town of Aberdeen wasn't moving quickly enough on a zoning request, so it went ahead and acted on that request for them. For a crowd that crows so often about 'small' government, and local control, this top down approach to zoning is appalling, and all municipalities in NC need to be aware of this. Rep. Jamie Boles was approached earlier this year by the owner of P.S properties, about his request to rezone an area of Aberdeen from single family homes to multifamily housing. The Town of Aberdeen claims that the issue was on deck for public hearing and the process of zoning change. But they never got a chance to do so.

Even though the issue was likely to be resolved at a meeting on August 12, Rep. Jamie Boles (R), who represents most of Moore County, attached a zoning change to a bill that had to do with filling a vacancy on the Wake County Board of Commissioners, establishing a Domestic Violence Fatalities Protection and Prevention Committee and other things. That bill failed to get out of committee. But that didn't satisfy Boles or his constituency of one, Gregg Allen, owner of P.S. Properties. He had the amendment attached to a Senate bill, and it passed, with no one in Aberdeen the wiser.

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This is shameful

This is shameful. The fact is, he couldn't get the thing together to be a bill of its own, and he knew it wouldn't pass scrutiny as a bill of its own, so he attached it to another bill and then "stalled it in committee". Then, when he didn't think Aberdeen was acting quickly enough, he attached it to a Senate bill (how does a member of the House do that, pray tell? Surely there is a complicit Senator in this.) This could happen anywhere in NC - and town officials wouldn't know until it happened, unless they combed the text of every bill before the House and Senate.

I haven't been unhappy (or particularly happy) with Rep. Boles, but when he says he "wasn't trying to hide anything", I have to call him on it. If he had attached it to the Motorcycle Safety Bill, or the Prevention of Sharia Law Bill, I could believe him, but this? No, sorry. It doesn't pass the sniff test.

NCGA war on cities

This is one of several examples of the legislators from rural areas declaring war on urban areas. It has as much potential to ruin the state as many of their other travesties.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

It is shameful

And this is probably just the up-front money for the payoff

01/08/2013 GREGG O ALLEN
REALTOR
SELF EMPLOYED
P O BOX 801
SOUTHERN PINES, NC 28387 Individual Contribution 1 Check $500.00

The Pilot (local paper)

The Pilot (local paper) reported 2 earlier contributions of $250, and $200. It's been a while since I tooled around that database, so I hadn't checked up on their reporting. Interesting.

I'd never call Moore County Urban

And certainly wouldn't classify Aberdeen that way. Regardless, this was the wrong way to do things. Boles has done a fairly effective job of legislating while Republican, but this is a big deal. People in Moore County will remember.

Point taken

The NCGA's war is more on municipalities and local control. The rural/urban dichotomy is more about voting patterns.

There's plenty of evidence that this NCGA declared war on municipalities of all sizes, stripping local control in several important areas.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

NCGA War on local government

Not sure about Aberdeen's local government, but it seems this war on local government by the Radical Republicans is particularly aimed at more Democrat controlled areas:
- Asheville water
- Charlotte airport
- Lake Junaluska annexation into town of Waynesville
- Wake County school board
- Lee County community college

All well documented on bluenc.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Oddly enough -

Aberdeen has a white female Democrat as Mayor. I don't know the composition of their town council or zoning board. I'm usually pretty quick to see partisan shenanigans, and I don't think this had any thing to do with that. I think this had more to do with real estate deals, and one Realtor (tm) who thought his Representative (tm) could expedite things for him.

Kinda like Durham

The NCGA doesn't care that Durham voted not to annex and provide services to a controversial development. The NCGA decreed that Durham SHALL annex and provide services to the controversial development.

FWIW, Durham has a black mayor.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

A war on black Mayors?

I could not make sense of or see a pattern in the GOP attack on local governments. As a black member of the NCGA pointed out to me, however, the first attacks had one thing in common. Although at first glance Asheville, Durham, and Charlotte have little in common, they all have (well, had) black mayors.

And for goodness sakes, that hotbed of liberalism, Asheville, has a black woman mayor. What an affront to the white male supremacists of the NCGA. First it was that Muslim African black President who offended them. Surely they could not let the local governments alone. They had to "save us" from any black leadership in NC.

Martha Brock

Interesting observation

Many of the NCGA GOP often have difficulty masking their bigotry.

Every single GOP representative, and every single GOP senator, is white. Nearly all of them are male. The NC Senate GOP is 88% white male, 12% white female. The NC House GOP is 83% white male, 17% white female.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Race? Probably another kind of color ....

Invariably, when states get concerned about local authority and land development, it can mean only one thing - the color of money.

I wouldn't be looking so much at donations as other kinds of "soft" connections between specific members of the state legislature and developers. There could be "under the table" palm greasing involved or perhaps promises of future investments and deals with the developments in question or with others the developers are handling.

Yep, many involve Dem mayors or Dem controlled towns or cities. But remember - if the Republicans have a TeaBagger controlled city council that's going to put the concerns of developers over citizens of an area, the developer wouldn't need to come slithering to the state legislature to get what he or she wants.

Some of what the Republicans are doing in the legislature is about a political agenda or their feelings towards people of color, women, or gays, but much of it is being driven by simple greed.

I'm willing to bet you'll see at least a few of these slimeballs carted off to jail on corruption charges before everything is said and done.

If you're a liberal or progressive and you work in a restaurant, country club, airport or some watering hole that caters to upscale clients, get to know the names and faces of your state legislators and the people they associate with. Observe and listen. And don't be afraid to send a few tips to a friendly newspaper reporter if you smell something interesting.

Boles

Jamie Boles owns funeral homes. Why is that important? Because he likes to sponsor self-serving legislation like H664 (2011) which forces insurance companies to disclose to funeral homes the life insurance coverage of the deceased so they can upsell that gold-plated coffin to grieving relatives pointing out that poor old Uncle Bob "deserves the best, doesn't he?"

He is worthless except to his local Moore County Republican puppetmasters as well as Pope/ALEC/etc. And he's not even a nice person outside his role of funeral director. He is a good funeral director, no doubt, but he is a sorry representative for the people of Moore County.

Oddly my friend I recently

Oddly my friend I recently booked a apartment and I think real estate deals really helps in boosting ones returns.

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