Jim Wise at the N&O notes that the 751 South protest petition has been ruled valid, meaning that four of the five county commissioners must give approval to the project's proposed rezoning at their July 26 meeting.
One caveat, however, is that signatories may choose to remove their name from the protest petition before the July 26 meeting; if enough names are removed, the petition will be ruled invalid. No names may be added to the petition, however.
Update #1: The H-S' Ray Gronberg does the new math thing in this morning's paper, looking at the impact of recently-passed standards aligning Durham County protest petition requirements with the standards for municipalities.
At least one project supporter in the Chancellor's Ridge neighborhood to get his HOA to back away from signing the protest -- and there've been questions out there as to whether a protest petition would be valid if their signature fails.
According to Gronberg's calculation, the new standards would allow the protest petition to hang in there even if the HOA's support was dropped, something not true under the old standards:
Under the new standard, participation by the Chancellor's Ridge association wouldn't be a make-or-break issue. Without it, opponents would still have signatures representing 5.52 percent of the land in the 100-foot-wide buffer surrounding the 751 South site, Medlin said.
As the paper notes, the next logical path for the development team would be to work with petition signers to try to persuade them to change their mind and support the development.
Update #2: The development team issued the following statement to BCR and other media outlets late Tuesday:
751 South is designed to be an innovative and exciting place to live, work and shop. We believe that it will join the ranks of Southpoint Mall, DPAC, and the American Tobacco Historic District in affirming that "Good things are happening in Durham."
As unfortunate as today's announcement may seem, it in no way diminishes our enthusiasm for the future of our project. We are hopeful that when all of the relevant information is presented, 751 South will have earned the support of the Board of County Commissioners, moving it closer to becoming a reality.