Consultant calls for more detail on region-shaping Chatham Park project
Below is an article by News and Observer reporter, Andrew Kenney.
February 24, 2014
As he prepared to take office, Mayor Bill Terry told a packed courthouse meeting that he wanted to see an outside firm review Preston Development Co.’s plan to bring an estimated 60,000 new people to town. At a cost of $12,000, a consultant firm has spent a month picking through the controversial preliminary plan for Chatham Park.
Now the results are in. Lawrence Group, of St. Louis, has issued a 29-page report on the decision Pittsboro faces in the coming weeks and months.
“It really does lack a coherent vision,” said consultant Craig Lewis, speaking before yet another crowded town meeting on Monday. He said that Preston at times has outlined an admirable plan, with clustered, walkable neighborhood areas – but he warned that the developer hasn’t nailed down that vision in its proposal to the town.