Residents of Northwest Cary are either in Wake County or Chatham County, depending on their location. In North Carolina, county governments oversee public school systems, public health and social services, as well as the county sheriff's office. Other services include the Board of Elections, Register of Deeds, as well as some funding for Parks and Recreation.
Wake County is run by the elected Wake County Board of Commissioners, which is responsible for overseeing execution of all of the vital roles Wake County has. Our local Wake County Commissioners are Jessica Holmes and John Burns. Chatham County is run by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, which is responsible for overseeing execution of all of the vital roles Chatham County has. Our local Chatham County Commissioners are Karen Howard and Mike Dasher.
Wake County also has established the Wake County Board of Education. The members of this board that make decisions about the Wake County Public School System are also elected, and meet separately from the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Our local school board members in Wake County are Lindsay Mahaffey and Kathy Hartenstine. Chatham County also has established the Chatham County Board of Education. The members of this board that make decisions about the Chatham County Public School System are also elected, and meet separately from the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. Our local school board members for Chatham County are Melissa Hlavac and David Hamm.
Below are some projects that we have been advocating for at the County Level:
Chatham-Cary Joint Land Use Plan
The recently adopted "Imagine Cary" has replaced the Northwest Cary Land Use Plan. Previous plans only extended to the Wake County border, but as land use plans that contain plans for open space and/or parks will require developers to respect the plan and build according to the plan, this a vitally needed project. It is currently in development, we have seen an updated document which includes another park facility and will promote the use of the American Tobacco Trail. We await public release of this.
Raftery Park is a park planned in the future that is a joint collaboration between Wake County and the Town of Cary. While the park is technically there, there are much larger plans for it with many future facilities planned at this site, right next to the American Tobacco Trail.
Appropriate growth for our Schools
As we all live in an area of rapid residential growth that is regulated by a different government organization (Town of Cary) than the government organizations that manage our public education (Wake County and Chatham County), we seek to facilitate better collaboration to ensure the children in our area are being zoned to the appropriate schools and be kept from moving "assigned schools" throughout their formative years. We support the recent effort to keep Cary Park children who live north of Cary Park Lake zoned to Mills Park Elementary, and will continue to advocate for the children in our area to stay at their closest neighborhood schools.