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Cary Seeks Online Input on Development Plans

Posted September 10, 2007

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— To generate more public input on proposed developments around town, Cary officials have added a section to the town Web site.

Every time a developer proposes a new project, people will be able to submit their thoughts online at anytime. Visitors are able to review plans and are then asked to fill out a series of questions about a project.

"We ask them, 'How can we make this better? What would be your thoughts to make this project better?'" said Dan Matthys, planning manager for Cary's Planning Department.

The first two proposals to be featured on the site are an apartment complex near Harrison Avenue and a mix of offices and residences on 22 acres near Cary Parkway and Evans Road. Eventually, 25 projects will be featured on the site, Matthys said.

Cary resident Lindsey Chester already has taken advantage of the new system.

"I looked at the land use, how they were planning, what was going there," Chester said. "They let you click on the developments to see the plans."

Matthys said the online comments would be used in addition to input gathered at public hearings.

"There are a lot of people that are deathly afraid of public speaking (and) a lot of people that can't make the meeting. This is another way for us to get that input," he said.

Gathering input is one thing, and using it is another, Chester said.

"The tough part will be in the actual execution. Are our voices going to be heard? I think we'll have to wait and see a couple of these meetings go by and see. Do they listen to the comments? Do they read them off?" she said.

"We're not going to brush them off," Matthys said. "We actually attach a copy of this report to the data sheet, so when Town Council is up there making a decision, they can link to the actual report."


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  • MajorLeagueinfidel Sep 11, 2007

    Gee, I thought the policy was to identify stands of trees and level them for more empty office space for lease...........

    Have to admit...good way to make the simpleton's believe in representative government though........maybe they won't catch on....

  • lizard Sep 11, 2007

    Go Cary! Grow, man, grow! Take in all these rednecks that complain. Make them and the yankees move elsewhere.

  • Made In USA Sep 11, 2007

    And - no Cary - I haven't been able to forgive you for your poor management that caused turning Lake Wheeler into a toxic waste dump.

  • Made In USA Sep 11, 2007

    I really hope that someone in Cary writes their city council and asks them whether or not their sewage pipes can handle the increased flow and if their sewer pipes are maintained in a manner that will not cause a repeat of what happened to once-beautiful and popular Lake Wheeler.

  • luv2surffish Sep 10, 2007

    too late.. the horse is already out of the barn .. whole wake county like that....

  • nerdlywehunt Sep 10, 2007

    Another Cary joke. The Mayor has his pro growth agenda and the citizens be damned