Wednesday, February 01, 2017 09:00 AM


The Town Council unanimously adopted the Community Plan Tuesday to guide Cary’s growth through 2040, concluding a five-year process that consumed the town’s planning department and drew input from more than 2,000 residents.

The plan is the result of Imagine Cary, a three-year effort to engage the public in the town’s effort to simultaneously update and coordinate its departments’ visions for Cary’s future.

The policy document addresses the growth challenges facing the town as more people move to Cary and vacant land becomes more scarce.

“It’s not a law, it’s not an ordinance, it’s not a code,” said Cary Planning Director Jeff Ulma, who led the Imagine Cary effort and is retiring in the spring. “It’s a policy direction.”

The plan’s adoption comes nearly two-and-a-half years after the September 2014 goal outlined in the Community Plan Charter of 2012, which set the process in motion. Town officials say the process cost the town about $1 million. The charter projected $909,000 in expenses when the process was anticipated to take two years.

In addition to key land planning recommendations, the Community Plan also represents a new approach to the form Cary’s planning documents take. It combines and correlates what used ...

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