Chatham County BBS

xx Peyton Holland answers Indy questionnaire
October 20, 2016, 02:18:42 PM by whatsup
Peyton Holland - Chatham County Commission

Name as it appears on the ballot: Peyton Holland

Campaign website:

Phone number:  919-533-7687


Years lived in the county: 30

1. What are the three most important issues facing Chatham County today? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?

The top three issues facing Chatham County are:  a. Planning for Chatham Countys growth while preserving its rural character and natural resources   b. Ensuring we have balanced economic development    c. Investing in our education system to adequately prepare Chathams future workforce

Planning for Chatham Countys Future:  Citizen Engagement, particularly concerning decisions that impact their land and quality of life is absolutely critical.  I will involve citizens in the process of developing plans that work for their individual communities concerning zoning, services, and other issues that our citizens deserve to have a voice in.  Recently, our citizens voices were ignored as a part of the R1/R5 blanket zoning that our current commissioners mandated for the county.  This is not fair to those who were impacted the most.  We can gain tremendous insight as to how Chatham County needs to grow by listening to all of our citizens, including those that have been here for generations and those that may have just moved here.  The Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which is currently being developed, will provide significant insight into some of the best opportunities for growth in Chatham and how we can maintain the aspects of this county that our citizens love while preparing for that growth.  I believe by working with our citizens and using the information gleaned from the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, we can help guide Chatham County towards a future that meets the needs of all of our residents.

Balanced Economic Development:  It is going to be critical to balance economic growth and the preservation of our rural character.  We have a significant disparity between income levels across the county, nearly a 300% difference between some Northeastern communities and some of our Southwestern communities.  The only way we will solve this issue and be able to provide more financial stability for all citizens in our county is bring good paying jobs in that require a wide range of skill sets.  I will work to create jobs for our residents by supporting the recruitment of companies that fit our county and that support the growth of local businesses.  We have to stimulate small business growth by making it easier for local entrepreneurs to start their businesses.  Blanket R1/R5 zoning in the western part of our county has made it more difficult for local entrepreneurs to start their own business.  We need a better policy in place to support our local business people.  In addition to stimulating local small business growth, we need to work to bring in large employers at the Siler City and Moncure megasites.  These locations could provide thousands of good paying jobs to our residents and provide billions of dollars of economic opportunity for our county. 

Education:  We have to strive to help our schools continue to develop programs and partnerships that allow students to develop the skills needed to be career ready.  I am a product of Chatham County schools and I know the quality of education that we can provide.  It is going to be important that our education and economic development plans work hand-in-hand because the key to stimulating economic development is being able to provide a skilled workforce.  I will use my experience in building partnerships between education and industry to help create an environment that bridges the gap between our schools and the workforce for our students.  By building partnerships between our schools, community colleges, and the industries we recruit and local businesses that we stimulate, we can provide relevant educational opportunities that lead directly to career opportunities for our students.   

2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective as a commissioner? This might include career or community service; be specific about its relevance to this office.

One of the most important skill sets I bring to the table is that of bringing people together for a common goal.  I have significant experience in doing this and leading groups and organizations in both the public and private sector.  Combining those experiences with my education in business management and my life-long background of living in Chatham County, I bring a unique and important set of skills and perspectives to the board of commissioners.

I grew up on my family's small farm here in Chatham County where I learned the value of hard work and skill through strong rural roots that extend from former generations.  Through the skills and experiences I gained from my rural background and from working with industry, education and communities across the state and country to develop a skilled workforce and transform education, I understand the diversity that we have in Chatham County, from the rural way of life to the big business environment.  I understand how both ends of this spectrum can be sustained in our county to meet the needs of our residents.  My educational and occupational background is listed below.

Educational Background

Master's in Global Innovation Management:  North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

Master's in Business Administration:  Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management - Aix-en-Provence, France

Bachelor's in Business Management, Marketing - Valedictorian:  North Carolina State University -Raleigh, NC

High School Diploma:  Northwood High School - Pittsboro, NC

Elementary & Middle School:  Moncure School - Moncure, NC


SkillsUSA North Carolina, Executive Director

Through my work in SkillsUSA North Carolina, I impact our future workforce by helping students develop personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics.  A national association with over 360,000 members across the country, SkillsUSA is working to help close the Skills Gap that exists in our country while providing students with meaningful, relevant experiences that will help them gain the skills and credentials needed to not only be employed doing work that they enjoy, but to step forward and be a leader in the workplace.  As the Executive Director of the North Carolina Association, I work to bring industry, schools and communities together to build the partnerships needed to provide students with the best educational opportunities possible and to help sustain and grow local communities and businesses.

My experience in working across these different lines gives me significant insight into key issues regarding economic development and education.  These two items are linked very closely and I understand how these two areas can work together to provide the greatest benefit for individuals and communities.  I have also garnered tremendous experience in all areas related to running an organization and business, ranging from managing large events with thousands of people to managing a significant budget and developing the relationships necessary to help change students lives for the better. 

Leadership Development Consultant, Trainer, & Speaker

Starting at the age of 18, I began working with groups across the country to help them define and develop their leadership capabilities and to motivate to take meaningful action towards their goals.  I have worked with and spoken to groups that include Fortune 500 Companies, chambers of commerce, school systems, colleges & universities, professional associations and student organizations.  This breadth of experience has given me significant expertise in working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds to help groups maximize their potential.  I have the ability to assess the needs of the group and create a cooperative environment as they start moving towards meeting those needs.  These skills are in dire need on our Board of Commissioners.  Our Chatham needs someone with experience in bringing people together for a common purpose, even over divisive issues.  I have the ability to find the middle ground and help develop a sense of community in situations that would otherwise remain fragmented.   


Chatham County Board of Adjustments, Chair

Chatham County Board of Equalization and Review

Sprott Youth Center Board of Directors - Moncure, NC

Chatham County Farm Bureau Board of Directors

Young Farmer and Rancher Committee, Chair

William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations

NCWorks Apprenticeship Committee

Chatham County Career and Technical Education Business Alliance

Central Carolina Community College Construction Management Advisory Committee

North Carolina Association of Career & Technical Education Board of Directors - 2011-2013

SkillsUSA State Director Association Board of Directors - 2011-2013

SkillsUSA National Alumni Coordinating Committee - 2011-2013

3. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?

I would define myself as a moderate who is tired of seeing partisan politics divide our county.  This is Our Chatham County, whether someone has been here for 6 days or 6 generations, this county belongs to all of us, and the only way we are going to be able to do what is best for the county and all of those who call it home, is to start listening to each other and understanding all of the needs we have.  I believe we have to take the time to get citizen input on our actions, particularly concerning the growth of the county, and that we have to show our citizens that we take that input into account from all sides.  We have got to focus on taking care of home instead of letting political agendas guide our decisions.  I know we have the ability to find common ground and work together as a county, we just have to move past political affiliation to do so and consider all voices at the table.

This philosophy shows itself daily in the work that I do where I bring competing industries and companies together for the benefit of students across the state.  I work with an extraordinarily diverse group of volunteers, students, educators, industry partners, and colleagues across the state in an environment where my main focus has to be bringing people together for the common good of students.  I plan to do the exact same thing for Chatham County.

This philosophy has shown itself in my campaign because I dont base who I talk to and where I go off of political party, I base it off of the fact that where there are Chatham County citizens, that is where I need to be.  I am running as an unaffiliated candidate and have made it clear throughout my campaign that a persons political affiliation is not whats important to me; I want to know what matters to them when it comes to Chatham County.  As county commissioner, I will base my decisions off of what is best for the county, not what is best for a party.

4. Countywide zoning has been a contentious issue in Chatham County over the last year. Please articulate your position on this topic, and your thoughts on the commissions decision in August to adopt R-1 and R-5 zoning for previously unzoned parts of the county. 

I believe we need a plan for growth in the county, however, I believe that the current boards decision to blanket zone 388 square miles of the county as R-1/R-5 without taking into account citizen input was a tremendous mistake that will harm small business development in that area, put significant barriers in place for our citizens in that area and will make the area more suitable for housing developments and not agriculture (something the commissioners said zoning was supposed to protect).  I dont think zoning is bad and I dont think most people in the unzoned areas do either.  Most of the people that spoke at the public hearings expressed a desire to be protected from certain things, to preserve their way of life, to be able to create jobs, but they knew the R-1/R-5 plan was not the best fit for them.  The commissioners should have taken the time to hold community meetings to find out what type of zoning policy would work best for each community.  As a matter of fact, those community meetings were planned, but the current board of commissioners cancelled them and decided that R-1/R-5 would be best for the county.  The fact is, the county doesnt have enough options in its zoning ordinance to meet the needs of all of the communities that were recently zoned.  The commissioners should have taken the time to hear what citizens did and didnt want in their communities, what they thought would be best from a growth perspective, and then create the zoning options that would allow for that.  Zoning rural agricultural land as R-1 (1 house per acre) does not fit the need of those communities.  Zoning Jordan Lake land as R-5 (1 house per 5 acres) does not protect our natural resources.  In the event that the Army Corps of Engineers sold any of the Jordan Lake land, we would see houses popping up on every 5 acres.  When that land was purchased from Chatham County citizens to build the lake, those citizens who gave up their land were promised that it would always be kept as a natural area for people to enjoy and would never be developed.  The current commissioners zoning plan ignores that promise.  If I elected, I would immediately begin holding community meetings, create the zoning policies and ordinances that are needed to do this process right.  I will make sure people have their voices heard so they protect their communities in a way that will sustain their way of life and allow them to grow as they need to.

5. Chatham is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, with development pressure coming in from Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. What are some specific solutions you would offer as to how the county should manage this growth?

We have to develop a long-range plan for how Chatham is going to grow and for how we are going to preserve the things that we love about Chatham.  We need to consider the fact that we have two separate economies in Chatham County, a more agrarian, small business and manufacturing based economy in the west and hi-tech, rapidly growing, suburban economy in the east.  We have to realize that what works in one area of the county concerning zoning, economic development, and population growth planning may not be what is best for another area of the county.  Utilizing the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and establishing community meetings with our citizens across the county to hear what they want, need, and see as the future in their areas, will provide us with the information we need to put plans in place to manage our growth in a way the meets the needs of our citizens and provides opportunities for economic growth moving forward. 

6. The Chatham Park development, expected to dramatically increase the population of Pittsboro and surrounding areas over the next decade, continues to be a source of excitement and tension for Chatham residents. How is this project coming along, in your view?

We are starting to see the first phases of Chatham Park begin to take shape with the hospice facility being built, along with an office facility, the connector bridge over highway 64 and most recently the announcement of the development of several acres that will provide some retail and commercial opportunities in the area.  Chatham Park is an extremely large project that will have a significant impact on Pittsboro and Chatham County.  It is critical for our county and town leaders to be engaged in constant dialogue with Chatham Park to ensure that all of the groups are sharing the same vision as to what is best for Chatham County and that we are preparing for the infrastructure needs that will come as a result of the development.  Having a long-term plan for the growth of Chatham County is going to be essential in making sure we manage the impacts of increased population and the accompanying infrastructure needs and is one of my top priorities.   

7. Its been a year since Chatham commissioners issued a two-year halt on fracking in the county. Do you agree this was the correct decision, and what do you believe is the correct path to take moving forward into next year, when the ban will either be lifted or renewed?

I agree with the moratorium on fracking and think that is the correct path moving forward. Fracking could present a significant danger to Jordan Lake and the many rivers and natural water sources that we have in the county. 
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exclamation Karen Howard to Western Chatham County: Go to Hell!
October 20, 2016, 11:39:33 AM by zorro
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:00:09 -0400
From: Tom West
Subject: Karen Howard to Western Chatham County: Go to Hell!

Well this video certainly sums up Karen Howard's "Go to Hell!" attitude about the opinions express by the citizens of western Chatham County.

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I am sure the citizens of western Chatham County will voice their opinions about Karen Howard's reelection effort starting with early voting on Thursday, October 20.
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xx The Durham Independent Weekly endorses .....
October 19, 2016, 08:56:34 PM by zorro
The Durham Independent Weekly endorses .....


Not even worth the time to post who the liberals of Durham endorse. You don't have to be a mind reader to figure it out.

Bye Felicia!

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xx CORA Food Pantry Drive
October 18, 2016, 01:37:48 PM by chatterbox
 Chatham Homes Realty is gearing up to start the annual CORA Food Pantry Drive. Please let your friends and families know donations can be dropped off at Chatham Homes Realty 490 West Street between the hours of 9-5 Monday-Friday   

Take a look at the list below there are some items needed more than others.

This is a list of what they generally ask for though all other donations will be accepted.

 Mac and Cheese and other Pasta Varieties
 Canned Salmon
 Canned Ham
 Canned Fruit (lite)
 Canned Soups: Cream ofs, Chowders, chicken rice, beef soups
 Canned Veggies: Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, Tomatoes and Potatoes
 Canned or Dried Beans
 Dried Milk
 Jiffy Baking Mix
 Corn Flour and Corn Meal
 Boxed Cereal: Healthy Low Sugar
 Paper Goods

NO Glass Containers Please
Thank you for your donations!!

 To learn more about CORA Food Pantry visit

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xx Missile launch ~ look for it at 7:40pm tonight over our skies ~
October 17, 2016, 06:11:05 PM by Wilderness Voice

Night launches of this 133-foot tall rocket capable of lifting payloads over 11,000 pounds are widely visible depending on atmospheric conditions. Look to the northeast for the rockets exhaust moving from the left to the right. It will disappear mid-flight as the first stage burns out. The third stage will ignite too far offshore to be visible to all but those on the coast.

The Wallops Weather Office predicts an 95% chance of favorable weather conditions during Monday's five minute launch window. The main weather concern is a low chance of thick clouds as a weak cold front approaches the northern Mid-Atlantic increasing mid and upper level cloudiness.

The favorable forecast is welcomed by NASA and Orbital after rescheduling several times. On Oct. 13, Hurricane Nicole passed over a critical NASA tracking station in Bermuda which provides tracking, telemetry and flight termination support for Antares launches. Minor damage at the tracking station was quickly repaired. The previous week, the launch date was moved as Hurricane Matthew threatened the launch site.
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moved MOVED: More voter fraud which never happens uncovered
October 17, 2016, 09:07:39 AM by Gene Galin
This topic has been moved to North Carolina.

xx Hurricane relief donations
October 16, 2016, 04:15:28 PM by natvrabit
Any central locations in PBO/N. Chatham area where people can drop off donations for hurricane relief?

Not seen any info toward such except for in Siler City. I took a car load over there today to police station drop site from folks I knew that wanted to contribute. Also collecting @ fire dept. town hall...

NOTE: the collection in Siler I believe is only ongoing through today. I was told it would be loaded up and headed out for delivery Mon. morning. Shout out to the folks that organized that!
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xx County Commissioners public hearing on tax incentives for Mountaire Farms
October 14, 2016, 01:38:02 PM by Patty52
This article has a lot of the proposed numbers that are under consideration. The public hearing will be at the Commissioners meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.

Chatham commissioners set hearing on incentives for Mountaire Farms
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at 12:01 AM

PITTSBORO On Monday, Oct. 17, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to get input from residents on a request from Mountaire Farms for county incentives to support its new poultry processing operations in Siler City. The hearing will be part of the 6 p.m. regular session at the historic courthouse, 200 Sanford Road, Pittsboro.

In May 2016, Mountaire Farms announced the purchase and renovation of the former Townsend Facility in Siler City, purchase of the Townsend main office, purchase of the former Kellwood facility and expansion of the Mt. Vernon Hatchery. The entire project is expected to bring 714 jobs with an average weekly wage of $539.21 and a capital investment of $70.77 million.

Given the total economic impact, we believe that the proposed incentives are a very good investment for Chatham County, said Kyle Touchstone, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The impact on local sales tax revenues and property tax base also are very positive.

Touchstone said that the requested property tax incentives are consistent with Level 4 of the countys incentives policy, based on the jobs created and capital investment (as outlined below). Level 4 incentives provide the following:

* Year one 90 percent of taxes paid.

* Year two 80 percent of taxes paid.

* Year three 70 percent of taxes paid.

* Year four 60 percent of taxes paid.

* Year five 50 percent of taxes paid.

* Year six Incentives end.

Chatham County still comes out ahead in terms of tax revenues since it keeps an increasingly larger share of property taxes paid by Mountaire Farms until the incentives are phased out in year six, Touchstone noted.

To determine the level of incentives, the EDC conducted a study of the economic impact of the Mountaire Farms expansion. The model developed by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) looked at four major categories of expected economic impact of the project.

The study shows that for every job created by poultry producers like Mountaire Farms, another 0.32 jobs is created in the local economy. For every dollar in sales made, another 19 cents of sales is produced locally. For every dollar of total employee earnings, another 28 cents of earnings is generated locally.

Using these factors, the new processing plant would have the following impact:

* Initial impact: 700 employees, $19.55 million in employee earnings and $187.67 million in sales.

* Total impact (including multiplier effect above): 922 jobs, $22.96 million in earnings and $223.23 million in sales.

For the hatchery expansion, the study found the following expected impact:

* Initial impact: 14 new employees, $475,000 in employee earnings and $3.55 million in sales.

* Total impact (including multiplier effect above): 18 jobs, $590,750 earnings and $4.01 million in sales.

The study indicates that the Mountaire Farms projects will increase their overall property value by an estimated $67.67 million. Based on that estimated value increase, Mountaire Farms would pay an additional $429,000 per year in property taxes. Currently, a half-penny on the tax rate is about $500,000.

The construction work involved will have major non-recurring impacts, including 142 local workers with about $4.2 million in earnings and $11.6 million in sales.
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lamp NEW Apothecary / Boutique above Screaming for Vintage in B&C building!
October 12, 2016, 05:01:02 PM by oakmoss_attic
I'm new to CCL so please let me know if there is a better place to post this announcement.  We are a new store located upstairs at 38 Hillsboro St. in DT Pittsboro. Oakmoss Attic is a fusion of herbal apothecary and eclectic boutique carrying an array of botanical tinctures, whole herbs, teas, holistic skin & beauty care, and many adornments befitting of a bohemian lifestyle. Many of our goods are local and all health and beauty items are small batch-artisan made, organic, wild crafted, or naturally sourced. We are open Thur-Sat 11-6 and Sun 1-5. We are working on our website, but you can catch a glimpse at oakmoss_attic@instagram or on FB OAKMOSS ATTIC. Won't you come and say hello?
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xx Lystra Closed Again?
October 11, 2016, 11:44:38 AM by missjane
Does anyone know why Lystra Road is closed near Jack Bennett? I assume it has to do with water, hoping it won't be another 6-month project. Thanks!
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