Boone developer Phil Templeton had hi...

Boone developer Phil Templeton had his day in court last Thursday,...

There are 11 comments on the Watauga Democrat story from Jul 7, 2008, titled Boone developer Phil Templeton had his day in court last Thursday,.... In it, Watauga Democrat reports that:

Boone developer Phil Templeton had his day in court last Thursday, after the Watauga County Superior Court overturned a contended Boone Board of Adjustment decision.

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SOS

Dallas, NC

#1 Jul 8, 2008
Hurray for Templeton. Unfortunately, there are others who suffered at the hands of this arbitrary and capricious decision making board of adjustments that didn't have the money to fight the Town of Boone. Hopefully this sends a loud and clear message to these people.
Never say Never

West Jefferson, NC

#2 Jul 11, 2008
I like Phil and I'm glad for the courts decision in his favor. Loretta and her pals should be removed from office if they don't resign.
BS DEVELOPMENT

Banner Elk, NC

#3 Aug 21, 2008
I understand your comments about this issue, however, I disagree. I see all the development going on in our beautiful town and cant stand to see all the mountains being mutilated and all the traffic that has come along with it. Our town is not half as beautiful as it once was not long ago. I'm all for progress but in moderation. Because of people like him buying everything up, its caused our cost of living to tripple. Unfortunately, he's running out all the locals because they cannot afford to live here. Family farms are having to be sold and developments put in place of the land all because of out-of-towners comming in and hiking our values to the point us poor locals cant afford to pay them. Lets also look at the development of steep slopes! How many homes and buildings will have to be condemned because of the slopes they are built on are unstable? Yes, its happened several times. Don't believe everything you read in the paper about our Mayor. She and the Town are not perfect but are trying to preserve what little is left. Don't pass judgment without looking at ALL the facts. Think about the locals who have roots here dating back long before poor Templeton was told NO! Whats not fair is us having to lose our heritage and put our roots elseware, thats whats not fair! If you want development, do it where it can be done without hurting people. Development should be about making a community better and stronger, not about running people out of their homes. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT!
cherokee

United States

#4 Dec 7, 2009
Right on Mr. Tempelton. It's about time someone stood up for property rights on behalf of all of us. The government is becoming more intrusive everyday as to what a person can do with their own land.
LocalFormerMarin e

Taylors, SC

#5 Sep 15, 2010
I could not agree more with the exception that our town leaders/local government are the reason this town is what it is at this point. Mr. Templeton is just a symptom of it, a scape goat or public enemy pawn for politicians and attorneys to divert attention from their own intentions. In the past 25+ years our past and current local elected officials have not only done away with all local industry, Vermont Am. IRC, Tobacco/farming, etc. but also completely based our local economy around, and made it dependent on, tourism and ASU to survive. Tourism nor ASU are bad but neither should be the sole base economic structure for any town built on industry and farming cultures. What this does is alienate the local populace and make a perfect situation for investment which in turn creates a little Miami right here in Boone N.C. minus the people who's families worked and died to create its roots. Our local officials have sold us out under the disguise of making Boone a wonderful place to raise a family. Only problem is, it already was, but this was not profitable for them in the way it is currently.

Another poster said stand up for property rights and I also agree there. The big picture is where you have to look here in this situation. If we ask or allow our local government to tell this guy what he can do and think for a second where not next in line, we better wake up and reconsider. Patriot act ringing any bells? Never give up your freedom in exchange for fiat safety or economic gain.
BS DEVELOPMENT wrote:
I understand your comments about this issue, however, I disagree. I see all the development going on in our beautiful town and cant stand to see all the mountains being mutilated and all the traffic that has come along with it. Our town is not half as beautiful as it once was not long ago. I'm all for progress but in moderation. Because of people like him buying everything up, its caused our cost of living to tripple. Unfortunately, he's running out all the locals because they cannot afford to live here. Family farms are having to be sold and developments put in place of the land all because of out-of-towners comming in and hiking our values to the point us poor locals cant afford to pay them. Lets also look at the development of steep slopes! How many homes and buildings will have to be condemned because of the slopes they are built on are unstable? Yes, its happened several times. Don't believe everything you read in the paper about our Mayor. She and the Town are not perfect but are trying to preserve what little is left. Don't pass judgment without looking at ALL the facts. Think about the locals who have roots here dating back long before poor Templeton was told NO! Whats not fair is us having to lose our heritage and put our roots elseware, thats whats not fair! If you want development, do it where it can be done without hurting people. Development should be about making a community better and stronger, not about running people out of their homes. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT!
country squire

Boone, NC

#6 Sep 16, 2010
The people who screaming "property rights, property rights" are the same people who would fight tooth and nail against a mosque or student apartment complex being built next door to them. Make no mistake about it. Also, anyone know what the deal is with Templeton, Melow Mushroom, and Frankie's Pizza? What happened to MM?
LocalFormerMarin e

Greenville, SC

#7 Sep 16, 2010
country squire wrote:
The people who screaming "property rights, property rights" are the same people who would fight tooth and nail against a mosque or student apartment complex being built next door to them. Make no mistake about it. Also, anyone know what the deal is with Templeton, Melow Mushroom, and Frankie's Pizza? What happened to MM?
Yeah, Who do these people think they are? Not wanting a building full of drunk, screaming, fighting kids, yeah I said kids, living on top of them? They have rights too. Not just the property owners willing to sell everyone out for a quick buck. I honestly hope by your post that you are indeed a student, or touron. I cant see why anyone other then a student would have a problem with someone not wanting ASU housing in their front door.. Mosque,Really??

As far as the MM. The owner from what I understand from great sources,(always the chance its wrong) snorted, drank, and smoked all his profit to the point of loosing his butt. Of course thats his business and right to do so. The original owner of the MM, now lives in Morganton and plans to re-purchase this MM with plans to re-open it. It was one of the better places around for a beer and sub/pizza I will give you that. Again only what I "heard". Who knows if its true..
country squire

Wilmington, NC

#8 Sep 26, 2010
See, LocalFormerMarine, you just proved my point of hypocrisy. Maybe the people of the neighborhood don't want a medical clinic, the same as people not wanting drunken students next to them. Nope not a student or a tourist, a local. Plus, what's wrong with a mosque? I hope you're not one of these freedom of religion as long as it's MY religion types...
LocalFormerMarin e

Asheville, NC

#9 Sep 26, 2010
country squire wrote:
See, LocalFormerMarine, you just proved my point of hypocrisy. Maybe the people of the neighborhood don't want a medical clinic, the same as people not wanting drunken students next to them. Nope not a student or a tourist, a local. Plus, what's wrong with a mosque? I hope you're not one of these freedom of religion as long as it's MY religion types...
How was I being hypocritical? I didn't say, down with ASU,and a mosque! Build only christian churches! I didn't prove your point, I called you out on it with the same sarcasm you used in stating it. If people don't want a medical clinic in their front yard that's their right also. When did I mention a medical clinic anyway? Or, is that an example like the mosque comment that had nothing to do with the topic? As for the mosque comment, I was only curious where the heck you came up with it. It seemed to of come out of left field,(no pun intended). I thought you might of been venting about the BS in NY that's been being shoved down all our throats by the media for weeks on end. No, I'm not one of the "freedom of religion as long as it's my religion" people. That's your business and right to choose as you wish.
country squire

Wilmington, NC

#10 Sep 26, 2010
LocalFormerMarine, all I was trying to point out was the hypocrisy of certain people, not you per se. Yes, it does work both ways. It will be interesting for sure to see if the clinic ever gets built. Personally I don't care one way or the other. If Templeton is within the legal rights to do so, then he should be allowed to. The mosque thing, yes, kinda out of left field. I too am sick of hearing all of the BS from the media about the mosque in NY.
Realistic Resident

Boone, NC

#11 Jun 7, 2012
SOS wrote:
Hurray for Templeton. Unfortunately, there are others who suffered at the hands of this arbitrary and capricious decision making board of adjustments that didn't have the money to fight the Town of Boone. Hopefully this sends a loud and clear message to these people.
Yes, give the right to Templeton Development to build houses and apartments over slide prone areas that area geologists have stated CANNOT BE MADE SAFE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO. His pal Dan Souceck is also eliminating the "steep slope ordinance"..you know...the one that says you can't build anything on a slope greater than 23 degrees...BECAUSE IT IS TOO DANGEROUS??!! It is the responsiblity of local government to protect its residents. But money wins all the time...

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