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Cary Council Calls Meeting To Discuss Reconsideration Of Annexation Plan

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CARY, N.C. — There appears to be new hope for thousands of people fighting forced annexation by the town of Cary.

Thanks to action by Holly Springs commissioners, Cary may back off, and a vote could come by the end of the week.

Their opposition formed as quickly as Cary moved to annex them. But now thousands of people in Dutchman Downs and other neighborhoods in southwest Wake County are smiling.

They are happy because

Holly Springs put the brakes on the driving force behind the annexation plan.

Town commissioners this week approved a proposed service boundary for future development.

"The annexation plan grew out of the boundary dispute with Holly Springs," Cary mayor Ernie McAlister said. "And with that dispute resolved, it clears the way for us to reconsider that annexation petition."

Cary Town Council newcomer Michael Joyce said he will make the motion at a special meeting Friday. The meeting starts at 4:30 and is open to the public.

"I just don't believe in forcing people to annex into a community unless there's a health and safety issue," Joyce said.

Even if the Town Council rescinds the annexation plan, town officials said state law mandates them to annex any adjacent property that is developed to urban standards.

"Cary has an annexation plan that includes a number of doughnut holes and communities that are adjacent to our town limits," McAlister said.

Opponents are hopeful council members will at least drop the plan for now -- to buy them time until they need to mobilize again.

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