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Chatham County Development Plan Moves Forward Despite Split Vote

Posted May 8, 2002

— A massive development proposed for Chatham County is moving ahead despite a split vote by the county planning board.

Briar Chapel is a proposed 1,500-acre development in the Newland communty. The massive development, proposed for land along 15/501, includes plans for more than 2,000 homes, a school and other amenities.

"Maybe it'll look like Hilton Head and not Capital Boulevard," said Bob Eby, a Fearrington Village Resident.

If Briar Chapel is built, Eby will be a neighbor to the development.

"I still think it's a bit too large for the amount of homes and the impact it has on traffic and things like that," he said.

Briar Chapel representatives made another case for the development before the planning board Tuesday evening.

The committee fired back tough questions about the school, traffic and a waste water treatment facility that critics said do not meet county specifications.

"The plan we started with is not the same plan we're looking at now," said Diane Gaynor, a spokeswoman for the Newland community.

Gaynor said concessions have been made.

"We have infrastructure, schools, and other changes that are valued in excess of $10 million," she said.

The final vote goes to the Chatham County commissioners.


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