Unfortunately, a political advertisement that ran in your Oct. 11 edition contained misinformation regarding the role of John Higdon in the development at 10252 Monroe Road. As members of the community leadership group which was heavily involved in the rezoning process, we would like to set the record straight.
The community worked tirelessly in their opposition to the project. Throughout all our meetings with the developers, citizens and elected officials we found that Mr. Higdon was absolutely the most caring and concerned commissioner on the board. He was open-minded and responsive to our needs. He cared about us, he communicated well, and he cared about the impact that this development was going to have on the surrounding community.
Shared concerns centered around the environmental impact of tree loss, the impact to historic Roseland cemetery and the increase in traffic. His vote to approve the rezoning only came after the Town of Matthews planning staff and planning board had endorsed the project and our community groups had withdrawn formal opposition. Even on the night of the vote, he still held reservations about the project. From the minutes of the Feb. 13, 2017, meeting:
Mr. Higdon said he doesn’t believe that an apartment complex is the best use of this land, but thinks that this developer has gone above and beyond any other developer he’s seen work with the community. The setbacks are remarkable and the maintenance of Roseland Cemetery is very important. Because of these and other things, this is a good deal for the community – developing this parcel by right could be worse. Since the neighborhood entities have withdrawn their arguments, he will vote in favor of the rezoning.
To claim that John Higdon was either complicit or apathetic to the rezoning of this parcel of land is patently false. To claim that he promoted or made the motion to approve this rezoning is false. We encourage all voters to seek the truth and make an informed choice when it comes to electing the mayor of Matthews. We encourage candidates to seek the positive in their campaigns and remember we are an extraordinary community that needs their intelligence, their honesty, their poise and their desire to lead and to serve Matthews.