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Proposed Jordan Lake Development Brings Growth Concerns

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PITTSBORO — When Chatham County Commissioners met Mondaynight to discuss a proposal for the largest residential development in thecounty, the water quality of Jordan Lake was a major issue.

Supporters of the project said the development would pay big dividends intax dollars, but opponents said that was not a price they were willing topay.

The project, called Astoria, is planned for a wooded area on the westernshore of Jordan Lake. It would feature 356 single family homes, 160townhomes and a golf course.

"If this proposal comes in, I'm going to have to move," said KatharineMcBride. "I can't have this suburbia in my backyard."

Chemical runoff from golf course fertilizers has some residents concernedabout the water quality of Jordan Lake. But developers said the watersupply would be safe because they would have treatment systems and holdingpond which would keep any chemicals on the golf course and out of JordanLake.

The next meeting on Astoria is scheduled for April 1.

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