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Cary Land Use Plan Draws Chatham County Opposition

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CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rural eastern Chatham County residents are preparing to fight urban sprawl that is headed their way.

About 100 residents are opposed to a Cary land use plan that would expand the Wake County town limits to Jordan Lake.

Fearing annexation from the east, the residents have united to form a group calledChatham County United.

Cary planning director Jeff Ulma said group members are ahead of themselves and that the town has no plans to annex their land.

"If you look at eastern Chatham County, in this case, none of that area would even qualify to be annexed by the town," he said.

State law allows towns to plan for surrounding areas; Ulma said that is all Cary is doing.

The Chatham County residents believe Cary planners have overstepped their boundaries.

"We'd like to do it on our terms," opponent Chatham County resident Dale Olbrich said.

In a two-and-a-half hour meeting Monday night, Chatham County United elected officers and talked about their strategy, which could include hiring a lawyer.


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