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Cary annexing a "cow plop"

By Sally Kost
Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - A forty five acre parcel in Chatham County is being considered for annexation by Cary this Thursday,Feb. 23 at the Town of Cary complex on Academy Street at 6:30 pm.

This annexation petition is what I refer to as a cow plop; that is, it is non-contiguous annexation to the city limits of Cary.

Although this is an owner requested annexation, it has been Cary’s practice to forcibly annex areas once their town map over time begins to look like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle.

This parcel of land being considered for annexation is not part of Cary’s land use plan. There is no site plan for how the land will develop. The land is located on New Hope Church Road, a narrow, crumbing road, that is more patch and pothole than it is pavement. Neighbors are concerned that development of this land, because of the long run that will be needed to bring utilities to the site, will necessitate the development of this land at a high density. In western Wake, Cary has allowed densities of between 5 and 8 units per acre.

If you live EAST of the lake, you are impacted by this decision on Thursday night. The law allows Cary to reach out three miles from their city limits. This means, those folks who live west of Highway 751 in eastern Chatham are now fair game for Cary.

Please try to attend the meeting this Thursday at 6:30. Heck the new meeting space, with the stadium seating and big screen TV is worth the trip!

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