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Concerned about Cary encroachment? Engage in the process.

By Mark Barroso
Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - I attended the forum with the Cary folks, and actually talked with them. I would suggest anyone concerned about the Cary encroachment do the same.

Although I share the sentiment of Patrick Barnes and others to "stop them at the border," to refuse to engage in dialogue with them is short sighted and self defeating. The bottom line is that they can continue annexing Chatham following state guidelines and there's nothing we can do about it except change state law (Good Luck!).

And let's be clear: the real danger isn't land-greedy Cary, it's the landowners wanting to cash out who ASK to be annexed by Cary. There are fewer restrictions on Cary when this happens. The enemy isn't Cary, it's your neighbors.

Here's the other bottom line: the other problem is our current County Commission, who also listen to people wanting to make a fast buck at the expense of the common good. They have not done enough to protect the water of Jordon Lake (Cary's supply), nor have they done any meaningful long range planning for the area that borders their municipality and the lake. They are alarmed by large scale development near their water supply as much as we (well, some of us) are.

They are seeking an agreement that determines the building density of that area and protects Jordan Lake. Is that a bad thing? It's only a bad thing if Chatham (officials and citizens) don't seize this opportunity. Dialogue is good, folks. The problem comes when politicians in Chatham agree to make an exception ("flexibility" it's called) for some silver tongue, cash-tossing developer and negate the whole bargain.

My vote is to engage in the process and make the agreement as iron-clad as possible so future politicians can't be "flexible."

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