The Triangle Community Coalition had another successful Coffee Chat with the Town of Cary
Elected Officials and Staff on April 1, 2015.
Joining our members were Councilor Don Frantz and Councilor Jennifer Robinson. Also attending were Town Manager Ben Shivar, Deputy Town Manager Michael Bajorek, Assistant Town Manager Russ Overton, Assistant Town Manager Tim Bailey, Director of Planning Jeff Ulma to have an informal exchange of ideas about general policy matters and economic development issues.
We provided the Town of Cary leadership with a better perspective of the Triangle Community Coalition's goal to be a proactive partner in growth and land use issues and to work with senior staff and elected officials to develop policies, regulations, and procedures to encourage economic development, produce predictable (yet flexible) outcomes for all stakeholders, and protect the community's interests.
The town appreciated the TCC’s ability to offer objective facts and information in efforts to improve public policy debates and create effective working relationships between the business community and local government. We had some great interaction with the TCC membership in attendance and had opportunity to talk about the following:
· Jennifer Robinson – Town Council
o Seeing tremendous growth
o Concern amongst citizens about school capacities, mainly middle schools
o Concerned about small lot sizes in Southwest Cary
· Don Frantz – Town Council
o Council will meet with the County Commission later this month to talk about issues in Cary. Mainly schools
o Believes that the schools are not used to the full extent of their capacities.
Would like to see the school board look into the capacity for each school
o Vision for downtown – mixed use, walkability, restaurants
· Russ Overton – Assistant Town Manager
o Permits are currently down in Cary
· Michael Bajorek – Deputy Town Manager
o Town underwent reorganization last year to be more like a small business.
o Want to be problem-solvers
· Tim Bailey – Assistant Town Manager
o Believes developments will have many positive impacts in their community
o Working on transportation issues
o Cary is well positioned for more development
o Google plans to install 40 miles of fiber per week. Believes this will begin in July
and the first customer will be served by the end of the year. 600 miles of fiber throughout the area
· Jeff Ulma – Director of Planning
o Imagine Cary – just completed phase 2
§ Have drafted preliminary ordinances and presented to Council
§ Late fall 2015 will be the start of the adoption process
§ Wants to have a future growth map
o Will be revising the LDO next year to align with the plan from Imagine Cary
o 75% of land use in Cary is residential
o Architectural design standards are currently under review
· Ben Shiver – Town Manager
o Only 2 businesses have taken advantage of the historic tax credit in Cary
· Craig Duerr asked Council to support the requests of department heads for additional staff
· TCC members asked that the TOC to routinely inform Jacob Rogers of amendments and to include the stakeholders for their input.
If you are interested in participating in future meetings with the City of Raleigh or future Coffee Chats, watch for notices or contact the TCC offices at 919 812-7785 or Charlene Logan at email@example.com to reserve your spot!
These programs are a great way for you, as an exclusive benefit as a TCC member, to become active and help the TCC strengthen our relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the Triangle.