Chatham Park faces final public hearing ahead of Pittsboro vote

From staff reportsMay 19, 2014 

— A long-ranging plan to build a city-sized development in Pittsboro goes up for a likely final round of public comment on Tuesday night.

The meeting, which is meant to be a forum for opinions on the Chatham Park plan, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the old courthouse in the middle of town.

Pittsboro’s elected officials, residents and neighbors have been talking for more than a year about the project, which could bring 60,000 people to the small town over several decades, according to Preston Development Company.

Critics have asked whether the plan would overwhelm Pittsboro’s artistic small-town culture and whether construction across 7,500 acres would disrupt the ecosystem and send soil and nutrients into nearby Jordan Lake, a regional water supply. The project’s supporters have said it would be an unbeatable economic boon, turning Pittsboro into the next Research Triangle Park.

The last public hearing on the plan stretched long into a December night, with a largely critical series of speakers apparently persuading town commissioners to delay their vote on the project.

Now, following a review by an outside consultant and negotiations between the town and the developer, town leaders may be near a decision on the project’s master plan.

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