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Development Causes Water Problems For Some Cary Residents

Posted August 24, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— People who want to move into one ofCary's most unique communities are accusing the town of reneging on a promise. That promise involves one of our most basic resources, water.

It has nothing to do with the drought and everything to do with development.

If you thought Mayberry was just a fictional town of the past, welcome to Carpenter Village where the streets are lined with white picket fences, and a village center is just a short walk away. At least it is supposed to be.

Plans call for shops, restaurants and even a dinner theatre.

"Those are key things that really made this a unique neighborhood and made us want to live here," said resident Blain Dillard.

But the key things that convinced Blain and Lori Dillard to buy a house here are in jeopardy.

Cary's water shortage is forcing the Town Council to choose one of three complicated scenarios to bide time until the town's water treatment plant is expanded.

All three options limit residential and commercial development for three years.

"For the next three years, until that plant expansion comes online, we cannot support the level of development that we have in the past," explained Susan Moran, Cary Town spokesperson.

That means the Dillards may have to wait for the amenities they moved for.

"It's so disappointing now. It's like what are we going to do -- we've invested this money," said Dillard.

The Dillards argue the town agreed to provide water service to Carpenter Village. Now, they want it to honor that commitment.

"The point is the commitment was made, and the commitment needs to be kept," said Lori Dillard.

Carpenter Village may get its village center yet. The Town Council is meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss whether the three options need to be adjusted or if any communities need to be made priorities.