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Commission to Examine Cary Growth Issues

Posted December 12, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Concern about growth in Cary is not a new issue. But for the first time in the town's history, it appears that the town council has a majority which agrees with those concerns. A new council was sworn in Thursday night and got right down to business.

They didn't waste any time. A Cary council called for a consultant to look at the town's growth management and agreed to set up a commission to do the same. They also set the groundwork for creating roads, schools and parks before building new homes. Many builders fear this is too much too soon.

When we think of growth, we usually think of new homes, but it also means more people, more cars and more school age children. Cary residents are very concerned about growth.

"There have been some major changes, especially with the traffic," says Cary resident Delydia Allen, "and I do think it needs to slow down just a little bit."

Rich Southard agrees. He believes it's necessary to have growth, but wonders if the planning is being done correctly.

These concerns helped elect several town council members interested in managing growth. Councilor Glen Lang says he wants to see roads, schools and parks planned before new homes are built.

"When you ask to have all the infrastructure necessary to have a good quality of life, you're labeled anti-growth," Lang explains. "I hardly think that's an anti-growth stance. I think it's a balance growth stance."

Builders are concerned about any talk of restrictions, but they see changes coming and are asking the council to work together as opposed to just stopping permits or stopping water or stopping the growth.

Builders aren't the only ones scared. Lang unseated 22-year council veteran Tom Brooks who believes Cary's growth has been well-planned and must continue.

"The ones who proclaim that the slow growth, no growth is the only way will find out in a very sad way that it was a a mistake," Brooks says.

What builders are very concerned about right now is the town halting or restricting water and sewer hook-ups in new developments. But Lang says that won't happen as long as builders and the council can work together to manage growth.