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Board Approves Development In Cary Despite Opposition

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CARY, N.C. — One of the fastest growing areas in the Triangle is a step closer to adding more people.

But not everyone is happy about the possible additions.

Three hundred families could be moving into a proposed community off Highway 55.

Residents oppose the plan because there's only one access road to the development -- and it goes right past Turner Creek Elementary, a year-round magnet school.

Many Cary residents say the plan doesn't add up.

A developer wants to turn 133 acres of open space into 491 houses.

Yet the plan so far only calls for one way to access the proposed community.

"We're very concerned that an emergency will occur in this new school, a new community, that fire and safety and police will not be able to get in there," said Jim Galkowski, who is opposed to the project.

Town planners say roads in the area are getting better: Crews are working on widening Highway 55 and will later extend I-540.

The planning and zoning board has reduced the plan to 300 homes. Town planners are working with developers.

"From our perspective, they are at this point addressing all the issues that we would work with when we're talking about developing and rezoning a new property," said Angela Reincke, senior planner for the Town of Cary.

This new community has not been completely approved.

Even though the planning board recommended it Monday night, the Town Council could still say no to the development.

A vote is expected next month.

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