Oppose Rezoning of Property near our community

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PETITION AGAINST the request to rezone the approximately 5.46 acres of Property located at 3010 Carpenter Upchurch Road (17-REZ-10) from Office /Research and Development Conditional Use (ORD-CU) to Residential Multifamily, Conditional Use (RMF-CU.)

We the undersigned are against the rezoning of this property that would allow the building of townhomes at a maximum density of no more than 8 dwellings per acre (about 44 townhomes).

1) Density: The rezoning proposes for approximately 44 townhomes to be built. This density does not compliment the surrounding Carpenter Historic District.

 

2)  Traffic: The developer did not have to create a traffic study for the townhomes. The developer estimates that approximately 26-30 additional cars would be on the road during peak hours. The west side of Cary already faces increasingly congested traffic. The east-west traffic on Morrisville Carpenter Road is already dense. In order to get to 55, the Townhome owners would have to make a turn at the stop sign at Morrisville Carpenter Road.  A traffic bottleneck will occur during peak hours, aggravated by the railroad crossing.

 

3)  Cutting through our subdivision: Our subdivision already has an issue with drivers cutting through the subdivision, often at higher speeds than appropriate. The construction of dense townhomes will only make this problem much worse as drivers try to avoid the traffic on Morrisville Carpenter.

 

4)  Walkability: The people in our neighborhood love to walk. This proposed rezoning does not encourage walkability to stores or restaurants. It fails to incorporate the Village Trail.

 

5)  Buffer: The planning department’s Staff Report states that the RMF zoning would allow townhome to be built within 10-18 feet of the road and without a streetscape.  At the Neighborhood Meeting, the developer indicated that the landscape buffer such as trees would be less than normal and be “taken out.” This lack of a landscape buffer  also would fail to make the Townhomes blend into the historical district.

 

6)     Historical District: The property is within the boundaries of the Carpenter National Register of Historic District. 44 Townhomes will not compliment the Historic District. The developer could not describe how the buildings would look like or what type of townhomes would be developed. Our neighborhood appreciates the special rural feel of the Historic District and wishes that it remains true to the spirit of the Community Plan.



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