Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Will the Boone Town Council "kill" the sale of old WHS?

New building restrictions being considered by town of Boone have the very real possibility of killing the sale of the old High School. Adding more limitations on Boone's already onerous  building regulations are very likely to make the building projects under consideration for the site unfeasible. If the town were to eliminate the cost effective options for the site, the property value will naturally be lessened and the developer proposing to buy the land will most likely withdraw his $18million offer.

See letter from Phil Templeton on GoBlueRidge.Net

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now Boone wants to dictate the size of the master bedroom?

Anonymous said...

'Only if you bring your rubber ducky.

Doug said...

Yet another example of the anti-development mentality that dominates the Boone Town Council.

And….. Wait for it….. Pam Williamson heads up the Affordable Housing Task Force.

I AM SHOCKED!

Should the Council vote to accept the task force’s recommendations, the sale of the old high school will, without question, fall through. Furthermore, the value of the property will be greatly diminished in the eyes of any future buyer - all this at the expense of the taxpayer.


From the Affordable Housing Task Force’s manifesto:

“The purpose of the new text is to REQUIRE new multi-family developments to provide for a family oriented design…”

And here they redefine and expand on the definition of a Townhouse.

“Townhouse: A dwelling which is part of a multi-family housing development…such as a traditional apartment complex.”

Amazing!

In all my years, I’ve never confused a Townhouse with “a traditional apartment complex.”

I thank Mrs. Williamson and other members of the High Command for opening my eyes, and correcting my way of thinking.

NewGuy said...

Consider also the cost to the taxpayers of Boone and Watauga county. The addition of an 18 Million dollar property to the tax rolls will, in itself, generate tax revenue and lessen the impact on taxpayers that the new "reevaluation" is likely to cause.

But, that's not the half of it. The 18 million is just the land value, you will also be adding the value of any improvements PLUS the tax revenue generated by any businesses that occupy the space.

Not to mention the jobs that will be provided in construction; the sales tax generated by the purchase of building materials, and the longer range employment of Watauga county people in the managing and running of those properties. And, let's not forget the sales taxes which might be generated by any retail establishments on the site.

Boone is trying to act as a central planner when, in reality, the law that works best in cases like this is the law of supply and demand. Dictating to developers what they can develop instead of letting developers build to meet a market demand just does not make good sense.

Boone Central Planning knows what's best for you. Never mind what people want - Central Planning knows best what size master bedroom you should be allowed to have.

Wolf's Head said...

Perhaps Guy or some others may know this, but is it possible for the county commissioners to remove the old high school property form the town limits or ETJ?

guy faulkes said...

1st. of all, a townhouse is an individual living unit that shares one or more common walls with another unit. Traditionally the fee to the property under the building unit is sold with the building. It is not like a condominium in which a which a three dimensional space is conveyed, but not the property under it. A townhouse could also be described as an architecturally integrated subdivision.

The county commissioners cannot remove property from the corporate limits without an agreement from the municipality and possibly the property owners as per new legislation that was passed governing involuntary annexation. I do not know if this new legislation would apply or not. The same goes for the ETJ with the exception that the county that in some cases a municipality has to obtain permission from the county to establish an ETJ over a prescribed distance form the municipal limits.

In my opinion ETJ's should never be established on properties that are owned by those that oppose the concept as they are disenfranchised from voting or running for office in the governing body that passes the laws that effect them.

guy faulkes said...

It appears they have delayed or killed tier own water project in Ashe County.

http://www2.wataugademocrat.com/News/story/Feds-delay-Boone-water-intake-project-id-010437