Open House – Presenting the Draft Plan

Imagine Cary is nearing the finish line. Attend the Open House to learn about the draft plan and provide feedback on its recommendations before Town Council considers formal adoption later this year.

 Thursday July 28

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Tuesday August 2

5:30-8:30 p.m.
Herbert C. Young Community Center

At the Open House you will find a series of stations where you can learn about the draft Community Plan and its major recommendations at your own pace. Town staff and the planning team will be available to answer questions one-on-one. You will have an opportunity to identify initiatives that you support and provide any other feedback in writing. You can also participate using your tablet computer if you bring it along. Everyone who cares about Cary is invited.

While the Open House is not the last opportunity to be involved in the Plan, it is an important one. The Open House is an opportunity for you to provide input to help shape the Plan before Town Council considers formal adoption. The adoption process, which will include public hearings, is expected to begin in late 2016.

 

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  • david shouse says:

    Imagine Cary Team,
    Thank you for the inclusive, transparent process for Cary’s plan (and for including my picture on the Open House web site ). Overall the July 25 Public Draft is a great document, both high level and visionary but also with details. I find some commitment to conservation of the natural environment a little lacking, though, and offer some comments below specific to the Eastern Cary Gateway. Because of the strong, documented interest in the Gateway’s imminent development as high density please take a moment to consider my comments below.
    The Public Draft in general is very weak in terms of storm water and green infrastructure initiatives, especially in the Gateway. There are few specifics of state of the art, innovative storm water practices that contribute to water quality, reduced storm surges, nutrient reduction and resultant concurrent benefits for wildlife habitat, natural vegetation, etc. outside of discussions of Jordan Lake’s watershed. In fact, the Related Policy Direction on p. 132 for the Eastern Gateway doesn’t even include Policy 3, Encourage Environmentally Responsible Storm Water Management. With the emphasis on high density (buildings, streets, parking decks etc.) this need much more attention.
    The Eastern Cary Gateway is the headwaters for Walnut Creek. The Creek soon leaves Cary’s jurisdiction and flows through southwest and southeast Raleigh, where the impacts of I-40 and I-440 add to the impervious surfaces and runoff from that transportation system adds to the Creek’s load. It directly impacts Lake Johnson Park and Nature Preserve, Lake Raleigh, and downstream wetlands and residential neighborhoods that have historically been negatively impacted by pollution and litter.
    The redevelopment of Cary Towne Center and planned high density in the Eastern Cary Gateway should have far greater emphasis on conservation of stream buffers, storm water retention and treatment beyond just ‘meet or exceed NC Division of Water Quality rules or Federal Clean Water Act’ requirements. In order to be truly visionary and protect the entire upper watershed of Walnut Creek, please strengthen the Town of Cary commitment to environmental protections and improvements in the Eastern Cary Gateway section.

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