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P.H. Craig plans to clear about 40 acres of timber on his private property that is located near Bolin Creek in autumn of 2018. These forestry activities are exempt from the Town’s development regulations and will be in accordance with a Forestry Management Plan that Mr. Craig has prepared and submitted to the State Forest Service for its review and comment. The planned forestry operations are subject to state forest practice guidelines, requirements for streamside management zones, and Jordan Lake Water Supply Watershed provisions (including 50-foot riparian buffers). Mr. Craig has expressed his intent to replant the property in Loblolly Pines. As the project will occur on private property, and as the project is exempt from the Town's development regulations, the Town does not have any right of refusal or approval. The Town of Carrboro fully expects Mr. Craig to follow through on his stated intent to plant trees in a new location to replace the cleared timber.
What you can expectYou may notice additional use of heavy equipment.Road conditions will not change, however motorists are reminded to observe additional caution during this period as heavy equipment will be in use near the roadsides.
Frequently Asked Questions:
As a bona fide farm in the ETJ, will they have to abide by the town's higher stream buffer standards or by the states' lesser standards?
The activity is required to comply with the state forest practice guidelines, requirements for streamside management zones, and Jordan Lake Water Supply Watershed provisions, including 50-foot riparian buffers.
What is the permitting requirement on the portion of the Craig property that is in Chapel Hill’s jurisdiction?
A portion of Mr. Craig’s property is within the Town of Chapel Hill’s Town limit; as a result a tree work permit is required.
How will the creek be protected?
Charles Britt of the North Carolina Forestry Service stated that tree cutting would take place away from the creek.
Is there a buffer that they must observe?
50-foot buffers will be observed, with associated sedimentation and erosion control is required.
Will this be clear cut or selective cutting?
The trees on the property will be clear cut.
Who is the permitting authority?
There is not a permitting authority, per se, as this is a bona fide farm. The tree cutting must be in conformance with Mr. Craig’s Forestry Management Plan, and comply with state forest practice guidelines, requirements for streamside management zones, and Jordan Lake Water Supply Watershed
Town of Carrboro Planning Director
Town of Carrboro Development Review Administrator