Pittsboro to hold third hearing on Chatham Park proposal

May. 19, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday to get feedback on the proposed Chatham Park project.

The developer has requested to rezone 7,120 undeveloped acres east of Pittsboro in the town’s “extra-territorial jurisdiction.” The proposal calls for 22 million square feet of non-residential space and 22,000 residential units.

Tuesday’s public hearing will be the third on the project since the developer first submitted the master plan last year.

In November, the board voted 4-1 to table the proposal and also to hire a consultant to review the master plan.

The planning and architecture firm The Lawrence Group returned with a report that said they found “significant deficiencies” in the plan that would preclude a decision about “such a significant project,” along with specific recommendations.

In response, Philip Culpepper, the project’s planning consultant, said the developers have responded to the report and have met with the commissioners to address points for which leaders wanted more information. He said the current master plan addresses those.

“The question is whether we (meet) all their questions when we get around to the vote,” he said Monday.

Culpepper said the developers hope that the board will bring the request up for a final vote before the end of the month at a separate meeting from Tuesday’s public hearing.

“Their policy is not to vote at the same meeting, but we are hoping that the board will bring the item up for final approval here before the end of the month at another meeting,” Culpepper said.

The public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chatham County Courthouse.