The town is asking residents to offer their take on how transportation services and downtown Cary should be developed in the upcoming decades.
Imagine Cary, a massive planning effort that involves town staff and residents, plans to hold a pair of meetings this week to collect feedback, which will be considered as the group crafts a community plan to govern growth through 2040.
Identical workshops will be held Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Herb Young Community Center and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bond Park Community Center.
“Given the important role the resulting Cary Community Plan will play in our future, we encourage as many citizens as possible to participate in these workshops,” Jeff Ulma, Cary’s planning director, said in a news release.
The workshops will be similar to those held in July, when Imagine Cary members asked residents to use stickers and comment cards to react to information on posterboards and maps. Previous participation in the Imagine Cary process is not required.
Town planners and residents involved with Imagine Cary will be answer questions.
In looking at downtown, residents will be asked to place stickers next to photos of various types of buildings that they think should be allowed on different sections of Chatham and Academy streets.
The downtown development options range from mixed-use centers that are seven stories tall to single family homes.
Imagine Cary won’t ask residents’ opinions on town spending downtown. Several years ago, the Cary Town Council began investing in renovation projects – such as The Cary theater and the Jones House, which is now a cafe – as well as land for a park near the corner of Academy and Dry Avenue.
But town planners will ask residents to take those developments into consideration when imagining the future of downtown.
Regarding transportation, the town is asking for advice in helping people walk, bike, drive and ride a bus through town. The presentation doesn’t address rail because its development would largely be controlled by other government agencies and private businesses.
“Rail is out of our hands for the most part,” said Meredith Chandler, a senior planner for the town.
Residents will be asked to offer direction on how the town’s major streets – such as Morrisville Parkway, Maynard Road and Tryon Road – should be developed to accommodate future growth.
One posterboard asks residents if they prefer to see major roads have four lanes with a median, five lanes with a center turn lane, or six lanes with a median.
A map shows the current C-Tran routes and asks residents to place dots where they would like to see the bus service expanded.
“Transportation and downtown are two hot topics, so we expect there to be lots of interest (in the meeting,)” Chandler said.