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Cary Council Approves Controversial Projects

Posted July 26, 2007

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— Two development projects that met with opposition from thousands of Cary residents won approval from the Town Council Thursday night.

Both projects target the area near the intersection of Davis Drive and High House Road. One is a residential and retail development. The other is an assisted living center.

Two shopping centers are located at the intersection already. The two new projects will add 1 million square feet of commercial space to the area.

"There isn't enough capacity to handle what they're trying to propose here," said Richard Byrne, who lives nearby. "The density that's going in this corner doesn't follow the land-use plan."

About 1,800 Cary residents signed a petition opposing the project.

"All of the regional malls today are near highways. There's not a highway here, so it's a lot of density for what is really a residential area," Byrne said.

Cary Planning Director Jeff Ulma said town officials took residents' concerns very seriously, and the plans for the projects have been revised.

"It's very hard to defeat (the projects)," Byrne said. "We have a Town Council that is very, very, very, very pro-development."

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  • ncguy Jul 28, 2007

    Is there anything else we can build in the 27519 Zip? I think we need a High rise- oh how about a Another fricken strip mall- we don't have enough of those- can we squeeze one more Grocery store in there too! I mean 6 within 1 mile in that area.

    Mr. Sears must be grinning ear to ear this morning. PUKE!

  • Slip Kid Jul 27, 2007

    Wellsley Resident - I never implied WV was NY. WV is very beautiful. But in many rural areas, there has been very little 'growth' for 40+ years and the towns are somewhat stagnant. I'm sure the people there are very fine, but problems associated with rapid growth??? - They do not have that problem but am sure they would welcome (some) of it. My point was simply one of perspective. Chicago used to be a small town, too, a long time ago.

  • Slip Kid Jul 27, 2007

    wilowdreams - Cary has been growing rapidly since 1980 when the population was only 35k. I'm a proponent of managed growth as growth indicates a healthly local economy. I agree that road planning is way behind development. It takes a year or two for a new large development to get built but 8-10+ years for roads to follow. That makes for some painful growth, no doubt. The small town feel with city highlights is still around, just not where the ‘edges’ of Cary used to be. You cannot “…say NO MORE building until all the office and store space that is empty is occupied.” as observing this rule makes growth reactionary, which is an example of how our road plans appear to be done. I meant no disrespect, just highlight points in a very limited format.

  • WilloWSnapper Jul 27, 2007

    Skid, to your response to my comment. My husband and I moved here before the population explosion happened, it was still under 100k at the time and crime rate was only I think 2 percent at the time. To another person who asked me why wait 2 yrs? Trying to see what happens with the bubble here. Don't worry we are always looking for another house!
    We are lucky my husband can work from about anywhere but just remember everywhere is going to be overpopulated soon, even Apex with the nice article that just came out in Forbes magazine how it's one of the best small towns ! APex, next then Holly springs !

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 27, 2007

    "How many people live in Cary? If only 1,800 oppose it, the remainder apparently approve."

    It's decisions made with math like this, that get the idiots we have in office reelected

  • WRALSUCKS Jul 27, 2007

    Just remember, to a politician, you can never have TOO much growth (more taxes) or too much development (more taxes) or too many people (more taxes). All growth is good, BIG is BEST ! Build Build Build...Expand !!!

  • Raydianse Jul 27, 2007

    Wellsley Resident- Cary doesn't push the farms out - the farmers sell their land to developers. Good to know you held onto your farm now since you have all these complaints and you can move back to it.

  • RAA0013 Jul 27, 2007

    Slip Kid - WV is not all dead towns and was never New York City to begin with. Much of it is beautiful land - open space, still natural. We still have a farm in WV unlike all the farms that Cary has pushed out! And the main industry in WV is natural gas and oil - not Best Buy, Lawyers offices, high end condos and nightlife! The point here is look out your back door or down the main street outside your community - do you want something the size, scope and density of North Hills in N. Raleigh to be your view? And there is no major interstate or highway to support the traffic within 5-10 miles? I think the people who are affected by this have done their homework, attended the meetings and were well informed of how the negative impacts will affect their daily lives. The rest of the comments are "opinions based on emotion" as the Town Council liked to say.

  • Slip Kid Jul 27, 2007

    Regarding continued growth in the Triangle, who do you think New York got so big, or Los Angeles, or Chicago? Good people made good businesses and more people wanted to patronize those businesses and work for them. You can't have it both ways. Take a trip to rural West Virginia and see how nice a 'dead town' looks and feels. Not too good! So if you hate the Cary growth rate, move to a sleepier part of the state or country. Otherwise, vote your conscience and raise your voice when you can, then either grin & bear it, or enjoy. It's your choice.

  • PDMARTIN Jul 27, 2007

    What I don't understand is, how many shopping centers does one "town" need? Is it a case of Cary needing more tax monies and revenue, or is it a case of the citizens of Cary wanting access to everything they need within a 1/2 mile radius of where they live? A once sleepy little "town" is slowly becoming a metropolis on it own. When does it stop??????

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