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Neighbor Concerns with Kanoy Development Rezoning

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As an impacted neighbor of future development on the 100-acre tract known as the 'Kanoy Property', I have the following major concerns with the rezoning application submitted to the Town of Cary:

  1. Housing density inconsistent with surrounding neighborhoods:
    1. The housing density and lot sizes described in the proposal are grossly inconsistent with our surrounding neighborhoods and development objectives identified in the Chatham County/Town of Cary Joint Land Use Agreement.
    2. The property is entirely within Chatham County, entirely within the Joint Land Use area, directly adjacent to large lot neighborhoods, and adjacent to the Jordan Lake rural buffer zone.
    3. The current proposal calls for smaller lot sizes and higher building density than any other proximate development.
    4. To enable a logical and aesthetically pleasing transition to the existing large lot neighborhoods and rural buffer, any development on this property should have lower density, larger lots, and larger buffers than the recent Town of Cary annexed developments to the east of Kanoy property.
  1. Environmental Concerns:
    1. This tract covers an environmentally sensitive watershed to Jordan Lake and includes a significant number of streams and riparian areas.
    2. Further, the property sits on the triassic soil basin which has high capacity for significant surface water flows and erosion putting both the downstream Jordan Lake watershed and neighboring properties at risk.
    3. Proposed medium to high density development will greatly damage the quality of this watershed and put our surrounding properties at significant risk of flooding and erosion.
  1. Chatham County Services & Schools:
    1. Chatham County Schools and services have not been engaged to assess the impact of a development of close to 200 homes in this proposal.
    2. The area servicing schools is already over capacity and cannot accommodate significant additional student load in this part of the county.
    3. Chatham County EMS is also not structured to service such a large additional load.
  1. Traffic:
    1. Lewter Shop Road is a primary east/west cycling route from Cary/Morrisville to rural Chatham County.
    2. The traffic study conducted did not include bicycle and truck traffic. It also did not analyze weekend traffic patterns. Further, the traffic study did not encompass the combined effect of multiple in process or proposed developments along this Lewter Shop corridor.
    3. Significant additional vehicular/truck traffic companion to higher density development will greatly diminish this route as well as put both cyclist and drivers at risk.

To mitigate these risks/concerns we have proposed modifications to the proposal to include larger minimum lot sizes, larger property line buffers and undisturbed areas, more robust surface water mitigation design, and fewer overall units. To date the developer has not responded with alternatives.

We are not anti-development. We welcome a proposal that is well suited to the particular needs and circumstances of this property. The proposal in its current form is not even close and we ask the Cary Town Council to deny the rezoning request.

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