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Chatham County and Cary seek public input on proposed joint land use plan

Posted Friday, June 10, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County and the Town of Cary have developed a new draft of a proposed long-range Joint Land Use Plan for the area of Chatham County east of Jordan Lake and north of White Oak Creek. The public is invited to review the plan and provide feedback at a meeting at 6 pm on June 29.

The public meeting will be held in the Multipurpose Room of North Chatham Elementary School, located at 3380 Lystra Road in northeastern Chatham County. The input meeting is hosted by a special joint committee comprised of several Chatham County commissioners and Cary Town Council members.

“We are sending letters to all landowners and residents in the proposed plan area to notify them of the meeting,” said Benjamin Howell, planner for the Chatham County Planning Department. “But, we want to make sure that others are aware of and welcome to attend the meeting to let us know what they think.”

The agenda for the meeting is:

6:00 pm: Map available for review with staff on hand to answer questions

6:30 pm: Staff presentation and committee discussion

7:00 pm: Public input begins

Chatham County Commissioner Chair Brian Bock noted that the purpose of this joint land use plan is to help guide future development in that section of Chatham County. “It is not an annexation plan because state law governs annexation by municipalities. However, as part of a recent agreement with Chatham County, the Town of Cary has agreed not to annex areas in the county involuntarily.”

Howell said that the Chatham County Board of Commissioners and the Cary Town Council have been working on the Joint Land Use Plan for the section of Chatham County north of White Oak Creek and east of Jordan Lake to the Wake County line since 2006. The plan includes proposed land uses, densities, and utility services in the plan area.

“We feel very good about the draft plan resulting from our collaborative and productive efforts,” said Cary Mayor Pro Tem and committee member Julie Aberg Robison. “We’ve been able to incorporate a lot of the issues raised by citizens, and we’re looking forward to getting their reaction to this proposal.”

Several community meetings on drafts of proposed plans have been held over the past few years to receive citizen input. “Public input from those meetings has been considered in developing the new proposal that will be reviewed on June 29,” Howell said. “Public input from this meeting will likely lead to additional changes before we hold official public hearings later this summer.”

For more information on the proposed Joint Land Use Plan, including the current draft map and text, can be found on the project webpage at:

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