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Northwest Cary Area Plan

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The Northwest Cary Area Plan covers a portion of the Town's planning area roughly 1-3 miles south and west of Research Triangle Park. The Town Council approved the plan Sept. 12, 2002 as an official amendment, or supplement, to its Comprehensive Plan. It has recommendations for:

  • Housing, shopping, offices and other land uses
  • Transportation
  • Parks and open space preservation
  • Watershed protection
  • Schools

View the Northwest Cary Area Plan Documents.

View the Northwest Cary Area Plan maps

West of - N.C. 55
East of - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property surrounding Jordan Lake
North of - Future alignment of Morrisville Parkway
South of - Durham County

Also included - portions of Cary's planning jurisdiction north of Morrisville Parkway and west of N.C. 54/Chapel Hill Road


Development pressure in the quickly changing northwestern part of Cary prompted the Town to move ahead in January 2002 with work on a master plan for the northwestern portion of its planning area.

Three planned unit developments had been approved in the area by the start of 2002. Proposals were pending for two additional communities and for a significant revision to the largest planned community in the area, Amberly. The N.C. Department of Transportation had accelerated planning for the Western Wake Expressway (I-540). The Town wished to plan for roads, greenways and bike paths in concert with freeway planning.

Four nationally respected consulting firms assisted with development of the plan.


Direct questions about the Northwest Cary Area Plan to the project manager:

Scott Ramage
Long range planning division
Planning Department
Town of Cary
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
(919) 462-3888