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Village Council seeks 15 conditions on road project

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Mayor Nick Weedman’s goal to end the conflict over Highland Lake Road will have to wait a little longer.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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This week's Lightning contains coverage of the crowded primary for the Republican nomination, the scoop on the new parking deck and downtown parking, the latest on the Highland Lake Road project and an update on other projects that are moving forward.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | NC 191 widening

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

MPO rejects Flat Rock's appeal to kill road project

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ASHEVILLE — Pinecrest Presbyterian Church shipped a busload of commenters and dozens more filled the meeting room as the French Broad River MPO took up the Highland Lake Road project on Thursday in the most crucial vote to date on the project.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Highland Lake Road condemnation could start in March

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Even if the wheels of the NCDOT grind exceedingly slow, thanks to cash shortfalls and drawnout negotiations over road project's scopes, several significant road projects are moving ahead in Henderson County.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

County commissioners vote to keep Highland Lake Road project alive

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted unanimously to support continuation of the Highland Lake Road improvement, upholding the recommendation of its transportation advisory board and dealing a setback to the Flat Rock Village Council, which is fighting to kill the project.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Transportation advisers endorse Highland Lake Road project

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Another day brought another overflow crowd to debate the fate of Highland Lake Road but this time a board made up of local officials voted 8-1 to keep the project alive.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Flat Rock road fight gets change of venue

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Hendersonville City Hall became the latest arena for the contentious fight over the Highland Lake Road project on Thursday night, with the usual roster of road warriors from Flat Rock arguing the pros and cons of the job.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Reversing old majority again, village opposes sale of parkland for road

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Bolstering its opposition to the Highland Lake Road project, the Flat Rock Village Council voted on Thursday to oppose the sale of parkland for the road widening project.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Killing road project would be 'insanity,' former village council member tells county

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While the new majority on the Flat Rock Village Council is moving quickly in an effort to kill the Highland Lake Road improvement project, supporters of the project aren’t going down without a fight.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | Big Yellow Taxi caucus

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

City Council to discuss Highland Lake Road project

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The Hendersonville City Council is scheduled to discuss the Highland Lake Road project during its regular meeting on Thursday ahead of a regional planning meeting that could kill the road job. The county Transportation Advisory Committee is expected to take a position on the road project on Jan. 13 and the French Broad MPO is scheduled to discuss it on Jan. 23.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Village Council formally asks DOT to drop road project

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FLAT ROCK — Acting on what they described as an inviolable promise to voters, the new Flat Rock Village Council majority adopted a resolution on Monday that formally asks the NCDOT to drop the Highland Lake Road project.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Is this an 'unneeded' safety project?

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Last summer, a charter bus trying to make a right turn from Greenville Highway onto Highland Lake Road landed in the ditch.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | Highland Lake Road project | nimby nation

Henderson County News

Flat Rock takes 'big first step' to kill road job

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Carrying out what they called the will of the voters in the Nov. 5 election, four members of the Flat Rock Village Council pushed through a resolution on Thursday requesting that the NCDOT kill the Highland Lake Road project.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: How many roads must a town turn down?

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A new majority on the Flat Rock Village Council confronts its campaign pledge to stop the Highland Lake Road improvement project when new leaders take the oath of office on Dec. 12.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Outgoing Village Council majority remains in favor of road project

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FLAT ROCK — Ginger Brown's swan song as a member of the Flat Rock Village Council, delivered in absentia, was a last stand defense of the Highland Lake Road project, a declaration that the project that drove a rancorous months-long election campaign would result in a visually pleasing and safer entry into the village.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Anti-road slate rides 'Big Yellow Taxi' to victory

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Anne Coletta and two like-minded challengers, mining a deep well of anxiety over the Highland Lake Road widening project, swept to victory in the Flat Rock election on Tuesday, seizing control of the Village Council and setting the stage for an effort to pull the plug on the road improvement job.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election

Flat Rock News

Bond money restores funding for three delayed road projects

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Three Henderson County highway projects that had been postponed because of the NCDOT's cash shortfall have had their funding restored through the 2020 Build NC bond issue.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | roundabouts | Highland Lake Road project | NC 191 widening | White Street extension

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Bus in ditch spotlights Flat Rock Village Council campaign issue

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FLAT ROCK — A charter bus stuck in a ditch tied up traffic at Greenville Highway and Highland Lake Road for a couple of hours last Thursday.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: No, Highland Lake Road won't be the same (it'll be better)

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Cultural Landscape Group: Flat Rock, the anti-Highland Lake Road improvement organization that is running a slate of candidates for the Village Council, is right when it says that Highland Lake Road won’t be as good when the work is done. It will be better.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Politics heats up in once tranquil Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Village Council members responded during their regular meeting last week to numerous assertions contained in a mailer from the Cultural Landscape Group, calling the mailer’s points inaccurate or misleading.   Read Story »

Tags: Paige Posey | Highland Lake Road project | campaign signs | 2019 Flat Rock election | Anne Coletta | yard signs | Ginger Brown

Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

Road widening opponents file lawsuit over Flat Rock sign ordinance

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FLAT ROCK — A Flat Rock couple active in the fight against the Highland Lake Road widening project has filed a federal lawsuit against the village, saying that its sign ordinance unconstitutionally abridges their free neutral speech rights.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | First Amendment cases | Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election | Anne Coletta

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Anti-road widening candidates file for Village Council seats

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Candidates aligned with the group that opposed the Highland Lake Road widening in Flat Rock were the first to sign up for the 2019 municipal elections when filing opened at noon today at the Henderson County Board of Elections.   Read Story »

Tags: Highland Lake Road project | 2019 city elections | 2019 Flat Rock election

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock braces for court fight over signs

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FLAT ROCK — Throughout 2018, signs proliferated throughout the Village of Flat Rock as homeowners protested a proposed widening of Highland Lake Road. “Don’t urbanize Flat Rock,” “DOT: Doing Nothing is an Option,” and “Keep Big Rigs Out!” they said.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | Highland Lake Road project | 2019 Flat Rock election | Anne Coletta

Henderson County News

N.C. historic panel clears way for Highland Lake Road work

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FLAT ROCK — The state Historic Preservation Office has ruled that an NCDOT project can encroach on the corner of Greenville Highway and North Highland Lake Road, removing one of the last hurdles before the work can start.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

MossColumn: Village Council's vote made road safer

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Maya Richardson did not get as much ink as other commenters on the North Highland Lake Road widening project.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Historic Seventh Avenue District | Highland Lake Road project

Henderson County News

Flat Rock endorses Highland Lake project

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Flat Rock Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: They won't take yes for an answer

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Henderson County News

Meeting on fate of Highland Lake project called off

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock rebuts arguments of widening project foes

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FLAT ROCK — The Village of Flat Rock Village is defending its past actions in support of the Highland Lake Road widening and rebutting the arguments of the project’s opponents.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

ROAD RAGE: Residents rise up against transportation improvements

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One moment in a lively public comment period last week crystallized the gulf between the group that vociferously opposes the Kanuga Road widening and the group that rallying for U.S. 64 improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: NCDOT | road construction | roads | roundabouts | Kanuga Road | Highland Lake Road project | nimby nation | U.S. 64 improvements