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Pittsboro residents sue over Chatham Park project

Posted August 6, 2014

— A group of Pittsboro residents filed a lawsuit Wednesday to slow the development of the controversial Chatham Park mixed-use project east of town.

The Town Board voted in June to rezone a 7,120-acre site to allow Chatham Park, which is expected to expand Pittsboro from 4,000 to about 60,000 residents over the next 30 years.

The lawsuit alleges that the board violated the state constitution, state statutes regulating local land zoning approvals and the town’s own zoning requirements. The approved master plan and rezoning are inconsistent with the town’s recently adopted land use plan, a specific requirement under North Carolina law, according to the suit.

“We are not seeking to stop Chatham Park,” Amanda Robertson, a board member of local advocacy group Pittsboro Matters, said in a statement. “Instead, we seek to greatly improve the process for implementing this massive development and to enhance its quality in a manner that protects and respects the environmental resources, small-town character and quality of life of Pittsboro and its citizens. This is what we and many residents sought in our recommended conditions for approval of this development, which were rejected by the town board on June 9.”

The residents want a judge to overturn the rezoning and master plan for Chatham Park and block Pittsboro officials from issuing any permits for development.

“By approving this project without incorporating either Pittsboro Matters’ recommendations or the most important recommendations of the town’s paid planning consultant, the Town Board essentially put the Cary-based Chatham Park Investors in the drivers’ seat to control Pittsboro’s destiny,” Robertson said. “We want to use this legal action to put Pittsboro and its local residents back in the drivers’ seat.”


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  • 678devilish Aug 7, 2014

    The lawsuit will be drop and the Chatham Park project will go on as plan.

  • 678devilish Aug 7, 2014

    it's hard to feel a loss.

    Its very hard for you to see changes. Gee, this is 2014 not 1914 or 1964. How about being delighted that young people will make that change when the adults of today will not move. Trust me, the young people will do more than move. Have a blessed day, and think young. :)

  • 678devilish Aug 7, 2014

    When you don't have roots in a place, it's hard to feel a loss.

    Really? Really? I have more than ROOTS all over the place. I still maintain young people is going to rock Chatham county one of these old days. Pittsboro and Siler will never be the same. Come on young people show the old folks what is in store for them. Many will be living to see what you do. You do have my support fully.

  • Hippy_mom Aug 6, 2014

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    One day you'll be saying the same things about a place you've grown to love. When you don't have roots in a place, it's hard to feel a loss.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 6, 2014

    I don't blame them. I feel sorry for them seeing their small town slip away to greed.

    Everything in life isn't about money and progress (or shouldn't be).

    There is a charm and peace within small communities that can't be bought with money or progress, but it sure can be ruined with those things - and the greedy will see that it does, no matter how many politicians and judges they have to "persuade" to do so.

  • davidhartman Aug 6, 2014

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    Hmm, 8 Dems voted in favor of 751 as well, or roughly a third. I guess you are hating them as well?

  • Red Sox Nation Aug 6, 2014

    HIPPY_MOM - The population is growing. Time doesn't stand still. I understand what you're saying, however, times change. Better learn to embrace it or you will just be bitter.

  • disgusted2010 Aug 6, 2014

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    Will you be happy when the northerners come in and take over, vote out all the real Chatham citizens, raise taxes to the point you can't pay them and make Chatham like New Jersey?

  • 678devilish Aug 6, 2014

    happy living in Chatham Count

    I am certainly happy living in Chatham County. Leave if you don't. Young people will change it for you one day. Live and see that!

  • Hippy_mom Aug 6, 2014

    For those of you making comments such as 678Devilish, I wish you knew the NC I grew up in, which was very much like Mayberry. You throw these snarky barbs out there and you don't understand that many people were/are perfectly happy living in Chatham County, without large shopping centers and subdivisions. Why do you attack their views? What's wrong with Mayberry? Mourning the loss of the sense of community our state once had is not wrong. If it stinks so much to live here, there are plenty of other cities waiting to take your tax money.
    In an earlier iteration of this story, someone made a comment about how the grow will finally sustain Chatham and how it's been mooching off the state for too long. Really? I suggestion you enroll in an economics class in one of our area universities and learn a bit about rural economies. We can't "transplant" our way to prosperity by overpopulating the state. It simply doesn't work that way.
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