The Cary Town Council will discuss Thursday a 22-acre parcel in western Cary that has drawn attention because of a proposed Publix-anchored shopping center development.
The Sembler Company, a Florida developer, wants to build a shopping center called Amberly Village at the northwestern corner of the intersection of Carpenter Fire Station and Green Level Church roads. Applicants Peggy and Grover Lewter of Cary are seeking to amend the town’s comprehensive plan and rezone the property for the development.
But the proposal has generated vocal opposition from residents who created the group Neighbors Against Amberly Village. An online petition opposing the center has garnered about 300 signatures and 115 comments.
Many members of the group don’t want to see any commercial developments come to the site and believe that the land use plan amendment, if approved, would leave the door open for those types of projects.
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Sembler Company representatives have met several times with neighbors to discuss their concerns and have changed the original plan to address them. Changes include an increased buffer and added neighborhood amenities, like a walkable main street, public seating, outdoor dining, plaza areas and more.
The developer also has committed to not building a gas station, a drive-through at the Publix and preventing businesses from staying open 24 hours, which have been concerns raised by residents.
The Cary Town Council will only consider the comprehensive plan amendment which will determine whether they believe medium-density residential and commercial are appropriate uses for the site.
If the comprehensive plan is amendment is approved, that doesn’t mean the council will approve the rezoning to allow for the Amberly Village project.
The associated rezoning case, which would pave the way for the project, is not expected to go before the council for a few months.
In January, Cary’s planning and zoning board voted 7-1 to recommend the Town Council amend its land use plan from medium- or high-density residential to medium-density residential or commercial.
On Thursday, the council also will:
▪ Consider an eight-year, non-exclusive lease of soccer fields at Middle Creek Park and Mills School Park with the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance.
▪ Consider naming an unnamed street off the south side of East Park Street between South Walker and South Academy streets, near the new Mayton Inn. Town staff recommends naming it “Mayton View Lane.”
▪ Consider rezoning 6.8 acres at the southwest corner of the intersection of Carpenter Fire Station and Green Level Church roads for day care and office space.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon