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Revised plan for Pittsboro's Chatham Park to be presented Tuesday

Posted May 20, 2014

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— A revised plan for Chatham Park, a multi-use land project designed to bring homes, businesses, research space and parks to Pittsboro, will get a thorough review Tuesday evening during a special meeting of the town's Board of Commissioners. 

Residents of Pittsboro are expected to be out in force once again to provide their feedback about the controversial development, which has been in the works for years. 

The revised plan, which is based on recommendations from The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based consultant hired by the town, should include more detailed plans about how Cary-based Preston Development will complete the project and how it will impact land, utilities, schools, transportation, open space and development. 

If approved, Chatham Park would encompass more than 7,000 acres between the east side of Pittsboro and Jordan Lake. It would be completed in phases over 30 years. 

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 more than 1,900 percent, from 3,000 to more than 60,000 residents.

The project was put on hold in November after the board tabled a vote to approve a rezoning recommendation from the town’s planning department.

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  • Grand Union May 21, 2014

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    Wah wah wah. I have no doubt the Native Americans felt much the same about your ancestors. You brought diseases that killed 9 out of 10 of them, made worthless treaties and then broke them and when almost all the land was yours you drove the last ones out at the point of a gun and made them walk ion the trail of tears...........
    Pardon me for not being too concerned about your feeling about Yankees.........perhaps if your ancestors had not been so foolish to pick a fight on an issue you would would lose on in the end anyway, against an opponent with 3 times the population and 10 times the industry you would not have had the Yankees telling you what to do then either.
    Oh and by the way, the Majority of NC residents were not born here......so since the Right seem so keen on majority rule.......perhaps you might want to be a little more respectful of those Yankees.........

  • Classified May 20, 2014

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    Wow sad story. :(

  • shallottemustang May 20, 2014

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    They are already here. In the 1800s and early 1900s they were referred to as carpetbagers since they would travel down to the South with their clothes in a "carpetbag". They came to tell us Southerners how to be.

    I think it is ironic that now every other region of the Country has seen improvement in desegregation...everyone but the North, who has actually seen an increase in recent years.

    Yuse guys doo as we say aye, and not as we doo.

  • Erik Vinson May 20, 2014

    Small town America no more. Bring in the influx of yankees.

  • Classified May 20, 2014

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    Oh well. As the population grows they need to go somewhere. I suppose your against all the tax revenue this will be bringing in too.

  • lewiskr45 May 20, 2014

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    But there will be a lot of jobs for those in construction. Plus, the commercial and retail jobs that will come with the development. Don't forget the expanded tax base 60,000 residents brings to Chatham County and Pittsboro even if they work in Wake or Durham.

  • shallottemustang May 20, 2014

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    I'm pretty sure the developers are born and raised in NC while those opposing are mostly from NY or NJ...the hypocrisy continues...

  • Grand Union May 20, 2014

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    Did you not see the part where they are adding housing for 60,000 more people......you really think they will create 60,000 new jobs in Pittsboro? This will just be another dormatory town for RTP

  • jmcdow2792 May 20, 2014

    It (development) has to go somewhere. Wake county is getting filled up.

  • shallottemustang May 20, 2014

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    I'm simply pointing out the hypocrisy taking place. I don't have a dog in that hunt so I don't really care either way.

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