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Chatham residents invited to submit online comments on Joint Land Use Plan with Cary

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Board of Commissioners invited residents interested in providing input on a draft joint land use plan with the Town of Cary to attend a community meeting on Monday, August 10, from 6:30-8:30 pm. The meeting was held in the multipurpose room at North Chatham Elementary School.

If adopted by both boards, the joint land use plan would cover eastern sections of Chatham County, generally east of Jordan Lake and north of White Oak Creek, which feeds into the lake just south of Horton’s Pond Road.

The meeting provided a status report on work completed thus far and an overview of the options under consideration, with opportunities for residents to provide feedback.

Input received earlier from local residents has been critical and has helped shape the new options under consideration, said Sally Kost, vice chair of the Board of Commissioners. “For example, the options have some variations in potential land uses and population densities, but all give top priority to the protection Jordan Lake and its vital watershed area.”

For several months, a subcommittee composed of several county commissioners and town council members has been working with staff to draft the new options.

Kost, who serves on the subcommittee, said that any adopted joint plan would guide future development in eastern Chatham, “so it is very important for us to hear from residents and businesses on the newest options under review, especially those living in or near the impacted area.”

Kost said that that residents need to be aware that the proposed joint land use plan is NOT intended or designed to promote further annexation by Cary into Chatham County. "Its purpose is to help guide all development in areas adjacent to the Town of Cary.”

If the boards decide to move forward, the next step would be for the Board of Commissioners and the Cary Town Council to review the joint land use plan options and consider the latest public feedback. They will then schedule official public hearings and consider adoption of one of the proposed plans or an amended version.

Click here to complete the online comment form. Deadline for submitting comments is September 1.

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