GoCary Bus Route to Northwest Cary - Public Comment Period Open

Hello everyone,

We are leading an effort to get residents in Northwest Cary to provide feedback to Wake County that we are in need of public transportation service in our area. The closest GoCary currently goes is one route out to High House Crossing on the corner of NC-55 and High House Road. While there are plans to eventually get a route that serves our area, it is currently not planned for several more years. There is momentum growing in our area though that might be able to make this happen sooner and be a part of the 2018-2019 Wake County Work Plan. That's where we need YOUR help.

Please consider writing an e-mail to Wake Transit (info@waketransit.com) and Kelly Blazey (Kelly.Blazey@townofcary.org). We are encouraging people to advocate to provide public transportation that connects the facilities and future facilities in our area (all schools, public parks, USA Baseball, Northwest Cary YMCA, and residential developments (especially those that are 55+). When writing your e-mail, it is helpful to provide personal details about how you would plan to use public transportation once the service comes out to our area. Even if you don't plan to use it, we know that there are residents in our area who would benefit from its use, so it would be helpful for you to advocate on their behalf.

The public comment period closes March 12th. Please consider writing an e-mail! It will take you 5 minutes and it will hopefully result in our neighborhoods being connected to the rest of Cary.

February Board Meeting Minutes

- Discussed GoCary West Cary Route Advocacy Opportunity (See Separate Post)
- Carpenter Fire Station Road Widening is on track, firm has been hired, anticipating public meeting in Spring 2018
- Green Level West Road Widening on track for completion in Summer/Fall 2018
- Carpenter Fire Station Road/CSX Road Crossing will soon be closed, will prep for opening at O'Kelly Chapel Road
- NCDOT planning to connect Louis Stephens Drive under 540, will start in Spring 2019
- Morrisville Parkway/NC 540 Interchange has begun construction, projected to be finished by end of 2019

- Public Parks Meeting had great attendance and feedback via online survey
- Town of Cary thanked our group for advertisement to community, got much more feedback after we advertised
- Parks Committee being chosen right now by Town and Consultant
- Town Council approved location at Amberly to hold parks programming at this location

- Panther Creek Greenway projected to go in front of Town Council for approval of contract in March, then will need sign off from NCDOT, and then will be constructed, anticipate connection to Cameron Pond Neighborhood from Mills Park in Summer/Fall 2019
- Currently investigating with Town of Cary way to connect Northwest Cary YMCA to rest of Northwest Cary via alternative modes of transportation in a faster timeline than currently planned (Fall 2020 with current greenway plans)

- Fest in the West, Saturday, May 5th, 2018 11 AM-5 PM at USA Baseball Park
- Northwest Cary Cleanup Day, March-April 2018, Exact Date/Time TBD

January Board Meeting Minutes

Confirm Identity as Organization to Promote Local Government Engagement

    - When rezoning proposals come up, will provide information, but will not take sides


West Cary Cleanup Day

    - Contact Crosspointe Church about Involvement

    - Contact YMCA about Inovlvement

    - Wait to hear from Orly


January 30th Parks Meeting

    - E-mail PTAs

    - Formally create neighborhood contact for each development (Mia)

    - Ask Town of Cary about Amberly Programming and Separate Table

    - Create Table for our Group, NCCC


Weldon Ridge Rezoning Issue

    - Advertise Community Meeting

    - Consider adding page to website


Start Planning Town of Cary Annual Update for May 2018

Town of Cary Parks Planning Meeting - January 30th 5-8 PM - Crosspointe Church Auditorium

Mark your calendars! The Town of Cary is hosting a public meeting on January 30th at Crosspointe Church from 5-8 PM to get ideas for Cameron Pond Park and Morris Branch Park (now referred to by the Town as the park on Carpenter Fire Station Road and the park on McCrimmon Parkway).

Do you want a splash pad? Basketball courts? Baseball fields? Tennis courts? Shaded playgrounds? Dog park? Your input counts! We hope to see you there. Presentations will be formally given at 5:15 PM and at 6:30 PM.

Let's follow up our last meeting that had standing room only turnout with another very well attended meeting. Hope to see you there!

November Board Meeting Minutes

Feedback from Schoolboard Meeting:

-    Want to increase size for next WCPSS meeting

-    Need to develop stronger e-mail chain for developments

-    Develop a template for event planning

-    Contact Candace for marketing events in the future


Parks & Recreation Review:

-    Buildings for Cary Parks Rental is McCrimmon and Yates Store Road

-    Cary wants help to learn about which programming to have at new facility

-    Upcoming Meeting in January for Parks and Recreation

    -    Plan parks at Cameron Pond/Morris Branch

    -     Survey about programming in Western Cary

-    Follow up meeting with YMCA/Town of Cary for Greenway to YMCA

-    Need to address bond referendum plans with Town of Cary


Transportation Review:

-    Find out what is happening at O’Kelly Chapel/Green Level Church


Policy Review:

-    Look at District for Cary to only be West of 55 in 2020


Structural Approach:

-    Don’t have to be comprehensive with issues in our area, will aim to provide information about controversial proposals in our area rather than take sides unless there is a clear majority that reflects the entire community of Northwest Cary

Lindsay Mahaffey Speaks to Northwest Cary About Latest Issues Facing WCPSS

On October 4th, our own Wake County School Board representative, Lindsay Mahaffey, came out to speak with Northwest Cary residents regarding the latest issues facing the district. New schools and rezoning were discussed as well as some of the concepts for how Wake County is planning to manage growth in the future. She also took a lot of questions from residents at the end of her presentation. Click on our Videos page to view the whole thing (our apologies for the sound quality). Thanks for your time Lindsay!

NCDOT Finalizes 2018-2027 STIP (10 Year Plan for Transportation Projects)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently finished its recurring 2 year process of updating its 10 year plan on transportation projects across the state. Projects of note for our area are listed below. Note that if a project is planned in the next 5 years, it is set in stone and pretty difficult for the project to be unfunded at that point. If the project is between 5-10 years out, it is likely to be funded in that time frame, but if other higher priorities come up, they can be pushed back further. The list below is not comprehensive, but were projects that were relevant to our immediate vicinity.

O'Kelly Chapel Road/NC-751 Intersection Upgrade/Realignment - 2019
Interstate 40 - Widen Interstate from 15-501 to NC-147 - 2023
NC 147 - Add Lanes from I-40 to I-885 (New East End Connector) - 2022
NC 147 - Add Auxiliary Lanes from Duke Street to Briggs Avenue - 2023
Green Level West - Widen Road from NC 540 to Green Level Church Road - 2028+
New Roadway - Poplar Pike Lane to Little Drive (Behind Parkside Town Commons) - 2019
NC 147 Toll Extension - McCrimmon Parkway to NC 540 - 2023
Morrisvile Parkway Extension/NC 540 Interchange - 2018
Black Creek Greenway - Phases 1, 2, and 5 - 2020

NCDOT will now restart this 2 year process with identifying new projects and go through a new phase of consideration to eventually create the 2020-2029 STIP in 2 years.

FY2018 Town of Cary Budget Adopted, Upcoming CAMPO and DCHCMPO Transportation Project Consideration, Upcoming Quasi-Judicial Meeting in Cary

Hello everyone,

It has been a little more than 2 months since we last posted, and there has been a lot happening in that two month time frame. We as a group have been very successful in advocating for projects in our area! Thank you to all who have helped. Our group is gaining steam and will continue to be a force for understanding and change in our area.

First off, the Town of Cary has officially adopted their Fiscal Year 2018 budget. This budget now includes funding to plan and design Morris Branch Park, Cameron Pond Park, and an extension of the Panther Creek Greenway from the Cameron Pond neighborhood to the future Northwest Cary YMCA. The Town is also going to officially start the planning and design of the Mills Park Community Center. These 4 projects were the main focus of our recent advocacy efforts and we are absolutely thrilled that these projects are now funded! It should also be noted that instead of reviewing the budget annually, the Town has adopted a new budget model where requests and needs can be evaluated quarterly instead of annually to be able to be more flexible. A budget will still have to be approved annually, but this will enable the Town to take action more quickly to certain needs that arise (or conversely, if a need is no longer there, funding can be taken away).

Second, both of our area metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are currently undergoing project consideration for NCDOT project funding. There are several roadway and bicycle/pedestrian projects up for consideration, some of which we have been advocating for as well. We believe there will be a public comment period at the upcoming CAMPO and DCHCMPO meetings to receive feedback about these projects. We hope to send people to these meetings to provide that feedback.

Third, the developer of a large apartment complex at the corner of NC-55 and O'Kelly Chapel Road is trying to get out of building necessary street improvements along O'Kelly Chapel Road. They will be formally asking for this at an upcoming Town Quasi-Judicial Meeting (which can be hard for the public to give direct input for, given the judicial nature--requires certain expertise and anything you say will be given under testimony and you will be cross-examined by the developer's lawyer). We are organizing an effort to provide feedback to council in the most appropriate for this project.

Lastly, our board meeting in June occurred with the addition of some great local residents. We look forward to continuing to grow and empowering people in our area to get involved and make change. The website calendar has been updated as well as project statuses.

Western Cary Informational Meeting Success!

Thanks everyone for coming out tonight! Stay tuned for the follow up action items from our meeting. I specifically wanted to thank Mia South, Candace Inscoe, Dan Evarrs, and Orly Reznik for helping with tonight's meeting and getting the word out. We had a standing room only crowd and an estimated 300 people in attendance!

Remember to send your questions to the Town to feedback@townofcary.org and put "NW Cary" in the Subject Line. You can reference the meeting tonight. The Town will compile a list of questions and answers and we will circulate them back out.

Because of the success of this meeting, we are looking to plan another meeting in the future. Now that a foundation of what Cary has done in our area and what is on the horizon, we can focus future meetings on shaping our community and utilizing resources in the best way possible. We will be sending out a link to the presentation as well as the slides from the presentation as soon as we get them from the Town.

Lastly, if you have any feedback from the meeting, or what you would like to see in the future, please comment on Facebook, e-mail, or bring your ideas to our monthly board meetings.