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I’ll be on the Dusty Dunn show with Yes! Weekly columnist Ogi Overman this morning @ 9:30 talking about whatever Ogi and Dusty have on their minds.  That’s WGOS – 1070 on your AM dial (or, rather, your digital display)

Because of my experience with the weapon, one thing that is sure to come up his stated intention to employ ‘The Burckley Option’ in his ongoing battle for New Garden Road.

(I originally misspelled Bill Burckley’s name, sorry Bill and thanks Dick)

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6 Comments

  1. Dick
    Posted July 19, 2006 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    David-

    If you are going to write about Bill Burckley, the least you can do is spell his name correctly.

  2. Posted July 19, 2006 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Dick – damn… I knew that.

    I copied the mispelling off of Ogi’s column.

    Correction noted and made.

  3. David Wharton
    Posted July 19, 2006 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Ogi’s “Burckley Option” may pose a problem. The proposed referendum item — that the residential property near New Garden Road retain its current zoning category in perpetuity — will probably run afoul of the new zoning ordinance that’s being hammered out right now by a team of citizens and city staff. (Full discloure: I’m one of them.)

    It’s quite possible that most current zoning categories will be at least renamed, and some of them will probably undergo some technical tweaking. (Don’t freak out; we’re not going to re-zone your residential neighborhood to put a 7-11 on every corner and high density condos on every block!) The point is, Ogi’s current residential designation will probably get a different name, and maybe some slightly different technical definitions. So if his “Burckley” referendum passes, his neighborhood will be a little island of a special zoning district, defined differently from every other one in the city.

    On a more personal note, I have no sympathy for his situation. Ogi, an avowed tree-hugger, complains about high-density condos being built within city limits near his house; he wants to retain the low-density development and green space that he moved into and enjoys. Green space, I might add, that was greener before his house was built there. So his view is esentially, “sprawl for me, but not for thee.” Would he prefer that the people moving into those condo instead move into low-density developments out in the county? How’s that good for the environment?

    Finally, back during the bad old days of the local stadium controversy, Ogi used the word “naysayers” of those of us who were pushing for the adaptive re-use of the old stadium along with high-intensity residential and commercial development in our own back yard. If we were naysayers, how would he now describe himself?

    Ogi is just a classic NIMBY-ist.

  4. Mike K.
    Posted July 19, 2006 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    “Sprawl for me, but not for thee”. Definitely a catchy saying and something that hits right to the heart of people arguing against future development near them, after they arrived of course.

  5. Posted July 19, 2006 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Ogi’s start in this issue may be as a NIMBY, but I think he has grown to appreciate how this is important to all of the City. His focus is on his back yard right now, but I think we’ll find him supporting others in the future.

  6. Dick
    Posted July 20, 2006 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Mr. Wharton,

    As a resident of the New Garden area Ogi lives in, I don’t want to see condos or retail either. However, I will take condos over Wachovia and Walgreens any day. And let’s not forget how much retail is going up at Jefferson Village, anchored by Target, less than two blcoks from the Wachovia/Walgreens request. I just don’t want New Garden Road to become the Bragg Blvd of Greensboro.

    BTW, do you know how many banks are located between the Hobbs Rd/New Garden Rd intersection and Bryan Blvd? Last count, 4 or 5, but that was only as of this morning. It could have changed since then. And don’t forget the State Employees Credit Union, just two blocks in the opposite direction.

    Call me NIMBY if you want, but I think the scales of commercial vs. residential on New Garden have tipped way towards the commercial side.

    So let’s allow everthing in progress get finished, take a deep breath, and then talk about rezoning. Until then, how about giving us New Garden folks a break.