Thirteen new single-family homes will likely be built off Tryon Road, just south of the Wellington Park subdivision, following a vote by the Cary Town Council Thursday, despite some concerns about traffic.
The council approved, with a 5-1 vote, rezoning about 5.5 acres near 6348 Tryon Road to allow for the homes, which will sit on lots averaging about 0.14 acres. Councilman Jack Smith was the dissenting vote.
“It’s a horrible crest on the hill with Tryon (with) the traffic,” Smith said. “I’d like to think there is something better for that intersection than squeezing 13 homes in, and I’m just not excited about it.”
No residents spoke for or against the development at the meeting, but several Wellington Park residents have spoken in the past, citing concerns with traffic, buffers and the number of houses planned for the property.
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Since then, the developer has reduced the number of homes planned for the site by one, and proposed a 6-foot tall opaque fence between the development and Wellington Park.
Smith said while he was concerned about adding more traffic on Tryon Road he was worried about possible alternatives to residential development on the site.
“The issue I still think is that unknown of what the other uses could be, and I fear it could be worse,” Smith said. “But at the same time, as much as I applaud all the efforts made, and they are quite a bit, do we really want that residential right up on top of one of the busiest roads in the region?”
Other council members echoed Smith’s concerned but decided to approve the case because it was a better option than the alternatives.
“Commercial or office would have more traffic,” councilman Don Frantz said. “I can’t say it gives me the warm and fuzzies, but I can think of some things that could be built here that might be worse.”
The town’s planning and zoning board also grappled with the issue at its meeting, recommending council approve the case by a 5-4 vote.
“There was a lot of sentiment, as if this is being shoehorned into a spot where it’s just simply not a good fit,” said Mark Evangelista, the planning and zoning board chairman. “It was as split down the middle as you could get, but it was approved.”
The council also:
▪ Received an update from Interim Town Manager Mike Bajorek about possible occupancy tax revenues. The town has applied to receive funding left over from another project for the conversion of one grass field to artificial turf at WakeMed Soccer Park, as well as public Wi-Fi at the site. The town also is seeking court, lighting and bleacher improvements at Cary Tennis Park. Bajorek said town staff expect to be notified about on the request in August.
▪ Held a public hearing on the recommended fiscal year 2016-17 budget. Cary resident Nathaniel Greene spoke about reconsidering planned funding for Cameron Pond Neighborhood Park. The town council will hold a work session on June 22 and will vote on the budget on June 27.
▪ Unanimously approved a new, three-year agreement with the Cary Chamber of Commerce to implement that town’s economic development action plan, which include business recruitment and expansion, at an annual cost of $282,000 to the town.
▪ Considered the rezoning of 6.52 acres at Good Shepard United Church of Christ at 1050 NW Maynard Road to allow for a school as an allowable use in the existing church building and adding a parking lot for use by the existing church office building. The case was referred to the planning and zoning board.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon