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The Town of Cary is currently undertaking the most ambitious long-range planning effort in our community’s history by doing a wholesale update to our Comprehensive Plan. This update was defined by the Charter, or the “plan for the plan." The new Cary Community Plan will be built on the values, needs and aspirations of our citizens. To ensure this happens, a steering committee comprised of a diverse group of citizens was formed to help guide the planning process. Information on the project's history can be found here, or by viewing the project page. 

View the Project Page

To find out more information on the process, meetings and all plan related information, please click on the logo below:

Imagine Cary Logo

About Our Plan

Cary’s Community Plan will be a strategic guide that expresses the values and aspirations of our community. It is the broadest public policy document our community can create and will set forth the long-range vision for:

  • Community Development
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Environment
  • Economic Development and 
  • Related topics

An effective plan is based on inclusive input from everyone in the community that cares about the future of the place in which they live, work, play or study. These aspirations will be integrated with solid technical analysis of conditions and trends to create a compelling action agenda for our future.

Committee For The Future (CFTF)

During the month of November (2012), the Town accepted applications to form a steering committee (referred to as The Committee For The Future) of citizens from all parts of Cary to help us through the plan creation process. Over 400 applications were received and 35 nominees representing the demographic population of Cary were recommended to council. The recommended nominees were approved by Town Council at their January 10, 2013 meeting.

Mission Statement

The members of the Committee For The Future shall provide advice and guidance to the council related to the update to Cary's Comprehensive Plan, or the Imagine Cary project.

Life Span Statement 

The CFTF is an appointed committee, for the duration of the Imagine Cary project. It is anticipated that the steering committee will meet about once a month during the 24-month planning process. The meetings will be in the evenings and will last no more than two hours. 

Powers and Duties

Official responsibilities of the steering committee include: representing citizens in the planning process; providing guidance and direction to the staff at crucial steps in the process; disseminating information during the planning process through personal networks; volunteering to help facilitate community meetings; and serving as stewards of the plan once it is adopted.  


The CFTF consists of 30-35 members appointed by the Town Council, who are demographically representative of the population of Cary based on factors including, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, age distribution, gender, educational attainment, number of years living or working in Cary, planning topics of interest stated on the application form, and professions and/or employers.

A full list of Committee for the Future members can be viewed by clicking on the Committee for the Future roster.


The steering committee, known as the Committee for the Future (CFTF), held their first meeting on January 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Avenue).

Final Meetings

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Police Department Training Rooms A and B
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Police Department Training Rooms A and B

Questions regarding the Committee for the Future should be directed to:  

Meredith Gruber, Senior Planner, (919) 460-4983, or
Scott Ramage, Principal Planner, (919) 462-3888,

Current Membership Roster

Current Agenda