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Pittsboro continues to debate Chatham Park

Posted May 20, 2014

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— One by one, they stepped to the microphone with papers in hand and opinions ready.

They packed the Chatham County Courthouse Tuesday night to discuss a topic all too familiar to Pittsboro: Chatham Park.

If approved, Chatham Park, a multi-use development of homes, businesses, research space and parks that would encompass more than 7,000 acres between the east side of Pittsboro and Jordan Lake, is expected to be completed in phases over 30 years by Cary-based Preston Development.

The massive development, three times Pittsboro’s current size and equivalent to the size of Research Triangle Park, is expected to increase the town’s population by over 1900 percent, from 3,000 to more than 60,000 residents.

The project, which has been in the works for years, was put on hold in November after the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners tabled a vote to approve a rezoning recommendation from the town’s planning department.

On Tuesday, more than 70 residents signed up for the meeting, which stretched well into the night and was long on opinions.

“We need more commercial tax payers...Chatham Park presents that opportunity is about opportunity and growth,” one resident said.

Some worry about the cost of such growth.

“Think seven generations into the future,” another resident said. “Will we have wildlife?”

Either way, residents are convinced that change will come to Chatham County.

“It’s not Chatham Park or nothing,” said one resident. “It’s Chatham Park or something else.”

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  • shallottemustang May 21, 2014

    If you were not born and raised in North Carolina then YOU are part of the problem. I for one was born and raised here as were many generations of my family.

    I'm going to make an educated guess that 80% to 90% of the people complaining about growth in North Carolina moved here in the last 15 or 20 years.

  • btneast May 21, 2014

    If the developers and
    builders continue to run ramshod in
    not just Chatham County but all of North
    Carolina, it will decrease the quality of
    life for it's residents, clog the roads
    with more traffic and spoil the natural beauty that I and many of my fellow residents enjoy
    I don't want to be the next Atlanta either, but it's headed that way. Your hatred of developers is misplaced I think. You have the cart before the horse, sort of. Developers are merely supplying a product that is heavily in demand by home buyers. Developers build projects where people are migrating to and where the end users want to live. The developer is following the need, not creating it. Home buyers are standing in line and willing to pay premium prices to live in Chatham County.....the evil developers are simply catering to a market demand. The culprit for overdevelopment is staring us in the mirror every morning....

  • wake1794 May 21, 2014

    I second your comments on this issue
    Grand Union. If the developers and
    builders continue to run ramshod in
    not just Chatham County but all of North
    Carolina, it will decrease the quality of
    life for it's residents, clog the roads
    with more traffic and spoil the natural beauty that I and many of my fellow residents enjoy. It's a shame that the greed of a few has to wreck havoc on the lives of a majority of the population. More needs to be done to rein in out of control development and to preserve our natural resources. The Triangle area might learn a hard lesson about this if we get a extended drought with the limited water supply we have around here.

  • CherryDarling May 21, 2014

    I hate to say it, but so-called "progress" will happen no matter how many residents speak up. All the big decision makers care about in the end is the money aspect of it all.

  • Grand Union May 21, 2014

    "
    “It’s not Chatham Park or nothing,” said one resident. “It’s Chatham Park or something else.”

    That shouldn't be the choice. Look up "green belt" to see what other places do about this sort of thing. We can't allow our whole state to be blacktopped over just because some rich man wants to be richer.
    And no taxes will not go down.....come live in Cary or Apex and you will see that growth increase tax demands not reduces them. Perhaps you get what you pay for but you will have to pay for it whether or not you want it.