The Town Council unanimously approved plans Thursday to require developers in the community of Carpenter to ornament new subdivisions and buildings with reminders of the area's tobacco-farming past.
The town's plan for the area calls on developers to surround new subdivisions with wildflower fields and make new commercial buildings look as though they belong next to the western Wake County community's old farmers' union and century-old farm supply store. The town also plans to try to preserve a strawberry field currently owned by farmer Lee Phillips.
The council is planning for development in Carpenter because the community -- part of which already lies in the town limits -- is in the path of Cary's next development boom. New homes are already sprouting from old tobacco fields. Eventually, more than 3,700 people could live in the sparsely populated area south of Research Triangle Park.