I thought the Scott Mill rezoning was going to be clarified by the staff to the County Commissioners at the meeting tonight (?), but it is not in the meeting agenda available at www.co.durham.nc.us . Maybe the staff's explanation was not meant to be for the public. The actual vote is supposed to be at the November meeting, and we need to have numbers there to prevent inappropriate and unaccountable development, in one of the last undeveloped tracts north of the Creek and west of Grandale Rd. The tall, dark, second-growth woods over old farm roads west of Parkwood are almost gone, replaced by "Grandale Forest" and other mostly treeless, typical suburban developments, and the woods along Scott King are next (as well as the woods south of the Creek, on Grandale, at the very end of the County, before oncoming Cary). Things have changed a lot in the last decade around Parkwood. I'm reminded of the article on rural versus urban interests in the feature article in the current issue of the Independent Weekly, but maybe more on that later.
On the other hand, the agenda does include something about giving money to Quintiles for it to build or upgrade a headquarters here. Will this be another Dell deal, but for the County in this case? I'm skeptical of this proposal, but that reference in the agenda is the first I've heard of it.