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2 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, November 17, 1986
Mesomiinig nipsets local residents
By STEPHANIE BURROW
Some local residents are riled up
following Carrboro's decision Tues
day to set new zoning densities in
the environmentally sensitive
watershed area before the town
could reach a coherent policy on
development there with Chapel Hill
and Orange County.
The ordinance, which passed the
Board of Aldermen with a 5-2 vote
Nov. 11, makes the following pro
visions: 1) decreases permissible
density from one unit per acre to one
unit per two acres on land within
300 feet of the watershed; 2) allows
installation of water and sewer lines
to replace septic tanks and allows
the lines to cross streams and buffer
areas; and 3) allows the town to
regulate location of buildings and
impervious surfaces like roads and
The rationale behind decreasing
building density within 300 feet of
the watershed is to encourage cluster
development outside the sensitive
area, Carrboro Mayor James Porto
Jr., said, and cut down on
contaminant-carrying surfaces such
as roads and roofs.
Water and sewer lines also are
better than septic systems, he said.
"We can pass a law to control and
restrict but cannot prohibit the use
of the land," he said. "These pro
visions are better than allowing
But Eleanor Kinnaird, a local
resident, said that she felt the
aldermen had made a serious
"They turned their backs on
Chapel Hill and Orange County in
not waiting for the water study," she
Orange Water and Sewer Author
ity (OWASA) is in the process of
studying how much development,
with its resulting fecal waste and
other contaminants, the water in
University Lake and other reservoirs
can accommodate. That study will
take two years.
Although overall density did not
change, some residents say that
density was and is too high.
"The densities approved by the
county and Carrboro are unsafe,"
Bennett said. "I would like to see
more stringent regulations on den
sities in the watershed area."
Lois Herring, who lives in the
watershed, said, "There have been
four public hearings with big tur
nouts and everyone spoke against the
ordinance, but it didn't seem as if
"1 think they are getting a lot of
inordinate pressure from developers,
and it's hard to resist them," she said.
Several residents said they were
upset that Carrboro would decide on
a development policy. by itself that
might later prove inconsistent with
what Chapel Hill and Orange
County would have recommended.
"Aldermen should have waited
until Orange County and Chapel Hill
discussions were completed to reach
an agreement with those entities,"
Jay Bryan, a local attorney, said.
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Herring added, "I thought they
would wait for the county so the
entire watershed would be subject to
the same density."
UNC professor Miles Crenshaw
called the aldermen's move
"I'm disappointed in the mayor,"
Crenshaw said. "I'm particularly
worried about water quality, and we
have already have problems with our
water supply we can't throw our
Porto said that under the old
ordinance, no one had tried to build
and that the current debate came
about when Philip Szostak proposed
the Amberly project, a residential
community with polo and soccer
Robert Smythe of Carolina
Resource Consultants said the "low
density" Carrboro is pushing is
"In studies of other areas, low
density development has been shown
repeatedly to have the highest public
cost per dwelling unit for the town
to serve," Smythe said.
Smythe proposed a special type of
zoning which would allow the same
number of units at the required
density, but require that they be
concentrated in one part of the
In return for that zoning, the
developer would have to transfer
rights of the land to the proper
jurisdictional entity either Car
rboro, which owns 8 percent of the
land, or Orange County, which owns
the remaining 92 percent.
Syrian president denies charges of terrorism
From Associated Press report
DAMASCUS, Syria Pres
ident Hafez Assad denied that
Syria was involved in terrorism
and accused President Reagan
and Britain's Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher on Sunday of
being the "real terrorists" and
trying to bully Syria.
"We are against terrorism, we
don't practice it and do not allow
anyone to hatch terrorist plots
from our territory," Assad told
about 7,000 people at a Damascus
stadiufm on the 16th anniversary
of the coup that brought him to
Assad said, however, that Syria
backed "resistance against occu-
Mens in Brief
pation and all national liberation
Shultz says arms shipments
of State George Shultz said
Sunday the United States should
make no more arms shipments to
Iran, contending, "I don't see any
need for further signals" of U.S.
good faith to moderate Iranians.
Meanwhile, John Poindexter,
President Reagan's national
security adviser, said the U.S.
arms embargo against Iran still
stands and said he remains optim
istic that more hostages may be
released by pro-Iran forces in
But Robert McFarlane, former
natonal security adviser who
made at least one secret trip to
Iran, said his contacts among
moderate Iranians are in danger
of being killed now that his efforts
have been made public.
President Reagan, returning to
the White House from Camp
David, brushed aside a reporter
question as to whether he had
stopped arms shipments to Iran,
saying, "I told you the truth
Rainfall not enough to end restrictions
By SHEILA SIMMONS
Last week's rainfall alleviated the
water shortage in Chapel Hill, but
left University Lake at a level 40
inches below full too low for the
Orange Water and Sewer Authority
(OWASA) to recommend lifting
Orange County's mandatory water
Although the level is only 4 inches
below the 36-inch mark that sends
the county into mandatory water
conservation, OWASA representa
tive Joan Gilore said Friday she
didn't foresee a return to voluntary
restrictions any time this week.
"We can't think about raising
restrictions until we get more rain,"
When the level drops 24 inches,
OWASA recommends voluntary
water restrictions. At 36 inches,
OWASA is free to ask the munic
ipalities it services to implement
mandatory water restrictions, Gil-
The towns ultimately decide what
restrictions to place on their
"Even if the level reaches 36
inches, the lake would need even
more water before restrictions can
be lifted," she said, "because there
could be another dry spell."
Since Oct. 16, Orange County has
been under mandatory water restric
tions, which limit such activities as
watering lawns, washing cars and
serving water in restaurants and
reduces permissible shower length to
Last Monday, the lake was 42.5
inches below full. After rainfall on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
the lake was still 40 inches below full
This summer's drought, the worst
in 100 years, Gilgore said, hurt
60,000 farmers and, at its worst,
lowered the level of University Lake
between six and eight inches a day.
Gilgore said it is not surprising for
the shortage to carry over this far
into the fall, because the two driest
months of the year are October and
Although the University Lake
water level plummeted to 54 inches
below full in August, before students
returned to school, the lowest the
level was 55 inches, recorded on Oct.
10, 11 and 12.
Average rainfall for November is
2.8 inches, Gilgore said. So far this
. month, rainfall has amounted to 1.72
inches, which equals October's total
The community normally con
sumes 7 million to 8 million gallons
of water a day. Since mandatory
water restrictions have been applied,
the community has used between 5.5
million and 5.9 million gallons of
water a day, she said.
For tho Ececrd
According to Lab Theatre co
producer Steve Maler, author Maya
Angelou will not lead a discussion
following the Monday evening
performance of "Tapestry". Ange
lou's scheduled appearance was
reported in an article Friday due to
Ridley Kessler, documents librar
ian at Davis Library, was incorrectly
identified in a photo cutline Friday.
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