HRA and SELC Intervene to Protect Haw River and Jordan Lake from
Impacts of Massive Chatham Park Development in Pittsboro
On behalf of the Haw River Assembly, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a motion today to intervene with the Office of Administrative Hearings in proceedings over whether the small Town of Pittsboro will honor its commitments to protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, a drinking water reservoir for over 300,000 Triangle residents, from the impacts of a massive new 55,000 person development known as Chatham Park.
Chatham Park investors and the Town of Pittsboro sued the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality in the OAH after the agency notified the town of failures to fulfill commitments made in Pittsboro’s permit application to expand its wastewater treatment plant to accommodate new development. In its permit application, Pittsboro committed to conservation measures and stormwater mitigation strategies that would help offset the dramatic increase in paved surface areas from the addition of 23-million square feet of commercial space and 27,570 residential dwelling units on the banks of the Haw River.
Haw River Assembly’s goal in this intervention is to support and significantly strengthen the Department of Environmental Quality’s efforts to implement and enforce these mitigation measures that will protect the Haw River, Robeson Creek, and Jordan Lake.
Read more at http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/