Cary News

Cary approves one-time Lazy Daze expansion, apartment complex site plan

Last week, the Cary Town Council held a quasi-judicial meeting and a regular board meeting. Here’s a glance at what actions they took. Look for stories in the coming weeks in The Cary News and at

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the council unanimously approved the development plan for Alston Village – a 493 multi-family residential development to be built north of Panther Creek High School and southwest of Alston Town Center, which is under development in west Cary.

The council also approved three town development standard modifications for the project: the removal of a champion tree, a waiver for the maximum cul-de-sac length and a reduction to required parking minimums.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the council:

▪ Unanimously approved expanding the 2016 Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival to a two-day event to try out the longer festival on the Town Hall Campus. The staff will evaluate the results of the expanded festival before planning the 2017 Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.

▪ Unanimously approved rezoning 2.57 acres at 555 Crossroads Blvd., from general commercial to mixed-used district to allow a hotel with up to six stories and up to 108 rooms.

▪ Considered a comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning for 2.12 acres on Walnut Street that’s expected to be the future location of the new location of the new Wake County Regional Library, a four-level parking deck and possibly residential or office space. The space is within the block created by West Park, Walker, Walnut and South Academy streets. The comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning was referred to the planning and zoning board.

▪ Discussed the feasibility of the town acquiring the Coronado Village Pond and surrounding property with the potential of transforming it into a public park. No vote was taken. The council plans to further discuss feasibility during the fiscal year 2017 budget process.

▪ Unanimously approved a priority list for sidewalk projects for fiscal year 2016. The council also approved proceeding with the Lake Pine Drive sidewalk project, which extends from Harbor Creek Drive to Maynard Road, during fiscal year 2016.

▪ Considered rezoning 4.14 acres at 2324 High House Road – about one-third mile east of N.C. 55 – for a maximum of 12 single-family detached dwellings. The rezoning was referred to the planning and zoning board.

▪ Unanimously approved reducing the masonry requirements for attached residential developments in the town center from 75 percent to 35 percent, provided the difference is made up with wood siding or fiber cement siding.

▪ Recognized Kelly Spainhour, the South Cary Water Reclamation Facility laboratory supervisor, as the 2015 Town of Cary Employee of the Year. Spainhour, 52, has worked for the town for 27 years. She was chosen out of 20 nominees from the town’s 1,200 regular employees and received a plaque and $700.

Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon