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Chatham Commissioners approve Briar Chapel

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005

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A development as big as Siler City will go up in northeast Chatham.

The newly elected commissioners passed the Briar Chapel development in a 4-1 vote Tuesday night. Briar Chapel will be the largest mixed-use development in the county, with 2,389-homes. Briar Chapel will be located north of Fearrington Village, mostly on the west side of U.S. 15-501. It also would include about 500,000 square feet of commercial and office space in three areas.

Briar Chapel will be developed by Newland Communities of California.

Details hammered out during the meeting included Newland agreeding to build a library and leasing it back to the county, donating up to 40 acres of land for a school site and making any road improvements required by the state Department of Transportation.

While Newland plans building 300 homes a year to complete the development in 10 years, there is no word on when construction will begin.

People opposed to the plan said they would continue their fight.

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Chatham Commissioners approve Briar Chapel
Commissioner Patrick Barnes was the only one to vote against Briar Chapel
photo by Gene Galin