Residents living in the eastern part of Cary will meet Thursday, Aug. 20, to gauge support for a proposal to change the ZIP codes for some of their neighborhoods from a Raleigh code to a Cary one, a switch that’s been sought for more than 10 years.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary.
Residents and business owners expected to attend are from the 27607 ZIP code, which includes Braeloch, Carriage Woods, Trinity Grove, Brandywine and Trinity Woods neighborhoods as well as areas south of Trinity Woods and north of Chapel Hill Road.
Residents are seeking to have a 27513 ZIP code.
Mitch Franklin, a Carriage Woods resident, said supporters of the change tout having greater chances of increased property values, all-Cary schools and hassle-free town services.
But opponents say it would require address and driver’s license updates that would cost time and money and would lead to the loss of Raleigh benefits.
The approval of the change requires a U.S. Postal Service survey and a majority vote from the residents in the proposed area.
“All the community has to decide now is which neighborhoods to include in the proposal,” said Franklin, who volunteered to facilitate community involvement in the proposal.
This isn’t the first attempt to change the ZIP code. In 2005, another proposal was submitted to the U.S. Postal Service, but a survey of the residents failed to reach a majority.
The U.S. Postal Service said a minimum time frame of 10 years must lapse between applications for ZIP code changes.
This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the first application.
But in 2010, residents were surveyed to see whether there was still interest in a change. In 2010, 75 percent of Carriage Woods residents, 68 percent of Trinity Grove residents, 63 percent of Braeloch residents, 57 percent of Brandywine residents and 26 percent of Trinity Woods residents still supported the initiative.
But there were no positive responses from residents south of Trinity Woods and north of Chapel Hill Road.
Franklin said Braeloch, Carriage Woods and Trinity Grove are the three neighborhoods in the tentative proposal at the moment.
“Trinity Woods, I think they’re leaning toward being against it, and the residents south of them are still leaning against it, which is why we are probably going to exclude them this time around,” he said. “We don’t want another failed survey to happen.”
Kathryn Trogdon; 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon