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June 2019

Caspar hosts public forum on plant site development plans – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

By Site development

A public forum on the future of the Fort Bragg factory site hosted by the Mendocino Institute and the Fort Bragg factory site symposium committee drew a full house at the Caspar Community Center on June 21.

Guest speaker Ignacio Chapela, associate professor at UC Berkeley and researcher in microbial biology and mycology, was invited to incorporate the challenges of the plant site into his science presentation. Mendocino TV recorded the event for a replay.

Michelle Blackwell – Correspondent George Reinhardt comments on the presentation to the public forum on the development plans for the plant site.

Cal Winslow, President of the Mendocino Institute, opened the event with a brief introduction. He was concerned that Koch Industries, which bought Georgia-Pacific in 2005, would sell the property piece by piece and abandon the plant site without the cleanup being completed. Winslow has said he would like the 400-acre headlands to be treated as common property, where people come first rather than developers and real estate interests.

Jim Tarbell, vice president of the Mendocino Transit Authority and longtime active member of the community, provided an update on the Skunk Train and Harvest Market plot purchases as well as the Town of Fort Bragg amendment. at the Local Coastal Plan to rezone the property from industrial use to other uses.

Michelle Blackwell – Correspondent Guest speaker Ignacio Chapela listens to questions and comments after his presentation at the plant site development plan public forum on June 21 at the Caspar Community Center.

Chapela expressed his hope that as a foreigner he could facilitate issues that might be difficult locally. Chapela described the mill site problem as a “nasty problem”. A “nasty problem,” according to Chapela, is something not everyone can agree on.

He then gave a seven-part presentation on its application and study of science, the monetization of the environment, and the interconnectivity of humans with the flora and fauna that share it.

Chapela’s presentation touched on the needs of the environment, the barriers that prevent people from overcoming them and the ability of people to break free from these barriers.

“Here and now, plan for a cleared headland and you won’t make any compromises,” Chapela said, adding, “Life isn’t going to end anytime soon. As the multiplicity of life forms dwindle, it isn’t. that every form of life is necessary, but it is desired.This is not a world that can function or survive, but a world that we desire.

“I can live in a world without trees,” he said, “but I don’t want to. “

For more information about the Mendocino Institute, visit mendocinoinstitute.org. To review the presentation, visit mendocinotv.com/2019/06/14/public-forum-on-the-future-of-the-fort-bragg-mill-site/.

Limerick opera site development plan ‘fundamentally flawed’

By Site development
Michelle Hayes, Hayes attorneys photo: Cian Reinhardt

THE proposed development of the Opera site is “unsustainable, fundamentally flawed and materially contravenes planning guidelines”.

That’s according to An Taisce Limerick president Michelle Hayes in a submission filed with An Bord Pleanála on the 3.7-acre opera site project.

Ms Hayes also disputes that the proposed development of 180 million euros does not contain adequate housing, “rather comprising offices with smaller areas for commercial activity, including an AirBnB-type aparthotel and a small number of residential units, 16 apartments in total containing 34 bedrooms.

The proposed 15-story tower, she suggests, “is reminiscent of the 15-story Ballymun towers that had to be demolished due to anti-social behavior, drug crimes and social unrest.”

Miss Hayes then cautioned in her submission to An Bord Pleanála of the ramifications that the enormous cost of this development on an “excessive” scale will have for the rest of the Council’s other strategies and commitments, including housing.

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“The development includes a 15-story tower, 65 meters high, facing the Abbey River. It will have a major negative and oppressive visual impact, irreversibly damage the skyline, is out of scale and out of character, and will completely eclipse Bank Place, The Quays, Abbey River, The Hunt Museum, The Hospital Barrington, the Locke Bar, etc. , “she claims.

“The proposed development is unsustainable, fundamentally flawed, materially contravenes planning guidelines, including Urban Development and Building Heights – Guidelines for Planning Authorities, December 2018, the National Spatial Planning Framework 2040, creates significant adverse environmental effects, lack of imagination and vision, has severely damaging visual impact, is poorly thought out and, if allowed, would permanently and irreparably damage the character of the area and create a real and substantial obstacle to good planning and development sustainability of the city of Limerick as a whole.

Ms Hayes also maintained in her submission this week that the proposed development is not sustainable and will lead to a substantial increase in traffic jams, especially at peak times, and a negative environmental impact on the city “with only 55 additional parking spaces. intended for such massive development “.

“This will result in a larger carbon footprint, burning of fossil fuels etc. and is not in line with climate action and change policy.”

Southeastern North Carolina Gets Employment Sector Grant, Site Analysis

By Site analysis

Southeastern North Carolina, an 18-county regional economic development group, has received approval for federal funding to review industrial sectors and industrial real estate in its territory, according to a recent announcement.

The organization, which includes the Wilmington area, has received approval for a $ 148,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), officials said in a press release.

Southeastern North Carolina will contribute 20% to the tune of $ 37,000 of the total project cost of $ 185,000.

The EDA grant project, called Southeast Regional Industrial Sector Analysis, has four components: an industrial sector analysis; an industrial site analysis; an incubator development strategy; and efforts to refine the group’s regional marketing and revamp the Southeast North Carolina website, last updated in 2011.

Southeastern North Carolina plans to launch the project on September 1, Southeast North Carolina President Steve Yost said this week. It is expected to be completed in September 2020.

Part of the overall industrial sector assessment of the organization’s 18 counties could include a component focused on the micro-region of Wilmington, which includes New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

Columbus County was recently included in the organization’s strategic marketing plan for the micro-region of Wilmington, released earlier this year.

“Throughout the history of this organization, the Greater Wilmington region has always been an essential part of the South East region… It is one of our urban engine areas; the other urban engine being the Grand Fayetteville, ”said Yost.

The study will provide a more comprehensive overview of the business and industry sectors in the 18-county territory, Yost said.

“Health care is probably the most important [employment sectors] in southeastern North Carolina now, which it wasn’t 10 years ago, ”Yost said. “So that [study] will look at all the dynamics and trends that are happening across all industries, including those we are now targeting for marketing. “

The study’s findings will help the organization adjust, if necessary, any marketing targets for the entire 18-county region, or parts of the region, he added.

Southeastern North Carolina, which was founded in 1994 and is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, launched its first industry cluster strategy in 1999 and last updated those plans in 2006.

Since its inception, the organization has helped generate more than $ 2.1 billion in announced capital investments, as well as more than 14,000 new jobs announced, and has helped recruit 148 companies, the statement said.

Since the last pooled analysis in 2006, the focus of the group has increased from 11 to 18 counties. Yost said that was also before the group started looking at micro-regions.

“Updates are particularly important at this time because of the dramatic changes that have been made to the region’s footprint in recent years,” said Joe Melvin, business development manager for Southeast North Carolina , in the press release.

His entire region has seen growth in the number of residents and employers, as well as new additions to regional assets and infrastructure, officials said.

“With the modern economy being what it is, we need to make sure that we base all of our assumptions on the most accurate, up-to-date and relevant information available,” Melvin added in the statement.

In addition to focusing on industrial sector analysis, Yost said, plans are to hire a site selection consultant to help review the region’s industrial real estate inventory to identify strengths, gaps and the needs of sites and properties.

Another element of the four-part project is to bring together policies and best practices for an incubator development strategy to support the employment growth of small businesses and startups.

“We are grateful that the US Department of Commerce agrees that successful regional economic development begins with a thorough assessment of strengths and opportunities,” Yost said in the statement.

The assessment is to incorporate the latest data into a “credible framework” on how the region’s economy fits into domestic and global trade trends, officials added in the statement.

“We look forward to involving our county, state, academic and private partners in this important effort, which will inform the region’s recruiting strategies for the next five to ten years,” said Yost.