Following the State Supreme Court’s decision against Durham’s impact fee, at least one developer has decided to chip in $500 per building permit issued to help assuage bad feelings amongst residents and commissioners.

This has commissioners smiling.

“This is the way we’d like to see things happen,” Commissioner Becky Heron said Monday. “I hope that sets an example for some of these other folks out there.”

Example? Oh, you mean how a developer who is poised to take on a huge project, decides to make a nominal donation to the county for the rights to monopolize building in the area? And until other developers smile and pass the dollar under the table, this developer will continue to profit from their “good neighbor policy,” which, of course, ultimately is a donation from the potential homeowner who must absorb the cost herself.