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Cary Residents Vote to Slow Expansion

Posted November 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Cary voters choosing new town council members have growth on their minds. If Cary keeps expanding, its population could exceed a quarter of a million in just 33 years. Some residents said that explosive growth needs to be slowed, and that opinion was reflected at the polls Tuesday.

New homes are going up every day in Cary. But there are indications, both in Cary and across the Triangle, that people want more control over how quickly their towns expand. New Town Council Member Glen Lang's stand on that issue helped him oust a 22-year incumbent. He says he felt growth needed to be halted.

Dr. John Gilbert, North Carolina State professor of political science, said other fast track towns across the Triangle may start seeking candidates who want to slow things down.

Developer Pat Gavaghan said if local politicians get together to slow down growth, there is no way to stop it.

Lang pointed out that some towns can turn down proposals for new development with local petitions against it, plus the votes of just two council members.

Reporter: Len Besthoff