Macon needs steep slope ordinances

To the Editor:

Anyone who was living in this area at the time of the tragic Peeks Creek disaster off U.S. 64 between Franklin and Highlands would be well aware of the need for an ordinance giving teeth to construction requirements on the many steep sites in these mountains, thereby ensuring safety for residents who live in areas where the slopes are unstable.

We certainly do not need more lives lost and costly property damage done, and now is the time to step in and support a sensible ordinance to prevent those tragedies. Please support the Macon County Planning Board’s recommendations on this important issue.

Emily Dale

Franklin

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