Haywood Landslide Mapping Effort

The Smoky Mountain News is reporting that a non-profit group in Haywood County will seek grant money to proceed with landslide hazard mapping in the county.

Haywood Waterways Association presented its plan to the County Commissioners on Monday. The effort would pick up where the Radical Republicans in Raleigh cut funding for continuing the hazard mapping program.

Commissioner Kevin Ensley, a surveyor and the only Republican on the board, said the maps would hopefully encourage smart building.

“I occasionally have clients that want to develop in areas and I have basically told them they shouldn’t but they do anyway,” Ensley said.

Mr. Ensley and I serve together on the Haywood County Engineering Review Board, which administers the county's slope development ordinance. We have seen first-hand the results of ignoring sound engineering principles and common sense on the sides of some of our mountains.

Hopefully Haywood County Commissioners will kick in some funding to support this effort!

Meanwhile, Macon County will drop back and punt on implementing slope development rules.