Ken Larsen's website - DOLRT ROMF rezoning lawsuit


(January 31, 2019) I received this announcement via email from one of the ARCS members:


A Declaratory Judgment Action was filed today in Durham Superior Court challenging the legality of the City of Durham’s decision on Dec. 3 to rezone the 24-acre parcel of land along Farrington Road to accommodate the Durham-Orange Light Rail's Rail Operations Maintenance Facility (ROMF).  The defendants in the suit are the City of Durham and Go Triangle.  The suit alleges that the City exceeded its lawful authority and acted unreasonably, arbitrarily, and capriciously in granting Go Triangle’s rezoning request and that it failed to follow its own ordinances and guidelines, failed to comply with State law, and violated the due process rights of the plaintiffs.  The ball is now in the defendants’ court to answer the complaint.

This legal action is supported in part by a newly formed non-profit, Advocates for Residential Communities and Schools (ARCS), which has been established for the purpose of educating the public about growth in Southwest Durham and the surrounding areas in the Town of Chapel Hill and in Durham and Orange Counties, and for the purpose of advocating for responsible planning that will preserve the character of these areas and result in livable family neighborhoods, healthy senior communities, and quality schools as the region prepares for a future of rapid growth. 

Go Triangle has a deep pocket. We do not.  If you share our concerns and want to support efforts to resist the City’s decision to place the light rail’s ROMF in this residential area within sight and sound of a public elementary school, we welcome large and small contributions.  A check can be made out to “Advocates for Residential Communities and Schools (ARCS), LLC” and mailed to:  

Andrew Johnson, ARCS treasurer, at 5102 Stockton Way, Durham, NC. 27707


Phil Post, ARCS secretary, at 104 St. Andrews Place, Chapel Hill, NC. 27517

In the event that ARCS is dissolved with funds remaining from its efforts, all contributions will be returned on a pro rata basis.  Thank you in advance for lending your support to this valuable effort.

DOLRT = Durham/Orange Light Rail project

        Ken Larsen's assessment of DOLRT

ROMF = Railroad Operations and Maintenance Facility

        Durham City Council approves rezoning for ROMF site (December 3, 2018)

        DOLRT and ROMF impacts to Creekside Elementary School


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