Huge crowd turns out for controversial development meeting in Pittsboro
Below is an article by ABC 11 News reporter, Fred Shropshire. February 24, 2014
PITTSBORO, N.C. (WTVD) — Hundreds of people huddled into a meeting in Pittsboro Monday evening on the controversial Chatham Park development.
The 7,000 acre development would go between Pittsboro and the Haw River. It could add 60,000 people to a town that currently has a population of only 4,000.
Town leaders got an earful from a consultant. They learned they have a lot to do just for Chatham Park to get off the ground.
The recommendations were enough to fire up people for and against the plan.
“There is a lot more work to be done,” said Pittsboro resident Sheila Holland.
Holland was just one of dozens in attendance in the standing room only crowd who felt their fears confirmed.
“We know the future development here is going to be limited by the ability to serve it with water and sewer,” said Chatham Park consultant Craig Lewis.
A private consultant with the Lawrence Group spent about two hours poring over the plan, and answering questions and blasting its shortcomings.
“We do think that there are some significant deficiencies in the master plan,” said Lewis.
Among a laundry list of weaknesses, Lewis says the Chatham Park master plan doesn’t consider for timing, phasing, annexation or traffic needs, and lacks coherent vision.
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