Particulars on fill in a floodplain still to be worked out.
The floodplain ordinance in Macon County has been a topic of concern for years now. At previous planning board meetings, members of the community, who chose to attend fervently, supported leaving the ordinance as it stands—which would mean disallowing fill to be placed in the floodplain. In recent months, the planning board meetings have seen a small, consistent faction of local residents attend the gatherings to voice their concerns over changing the ordinance, ultimately asking the board to consider keeping the ban on fill in place. The board members were able to push the issue to the side for a short while as the North Carolina General Assembly considered Senate Bill 612, which would require that no local ordinance be stricter than what the state requires, but the bill has been shelved for now. The bill would have nullified the ban on fill. At the request of the county commissioners, the planning board must now provide its recommendations.