The 2012 Biennial Survey done by the town, like every biennial survey since 1998 (oldest available) showed that growth was the most mentioned issue. From the 2012 survey: see page 20 of: www.townofcary.org/Assets/Public+Information+Division/Biennial+Survey/2012+Biennial+Survey/2012biennialsurveyreport.pdf "The responses show that problems related to growth were again perceived as the key issue just as they were in 2010. There were 87 comments concerning controlling growth. In addition, there were other growth-related issues of overpopulation (31 comments), overdevelopment (17 comments), and construction (2 comments). This resulted in 137 total comments directly related to the growth issue. The key issue besides growth was traffic/ improving roads (59 comments). Schools ranked third with a total of 47 comments…. "
More about growth. According to a story in the Eastern Wake News, June 4, 2013: www.easternwakenews.com/2013/06/04/2937418/census-rolesville-knightdale-lead.html Cary grew 6.7% between April, 2010 and July 2012. That is the equivalent of 2.9% per year. If growth is increasing as we move out of the great recession, then we must be growing at above 3% now. Can we grow that fast and maintain our good quality of life?
According to Cary’s demographic analysis, www.townofcary.org/Assets/Parks$!2c+Recreation+and+Cultural+Resources+Department/Planning+and+Design/2011MasterPlan/Summary+of+Demographics.pdf our US Census estimated population for 2011 was 139,382. One year later we had grown by 4.5%. It appears that our growth rate is increasing.
Just by comparison, while our 2 ¼ year growth rate was 7.7%, for Winston-Salem it was 2.1%, Greensboro was 2.7% and Raleigh was 4.8%.
As has been pointed out, the last eight biennial surveys of Cary indicated that the largest concern of the residents of Cary was growth. For many of those surveys, the second largest was traffic.
Two of the problems of the fast growth:
We will lose quality of life with the increase of crowding and traffic.
Since we are approaching build-out, we cannot continue to grow so fast. When we reach build out, our growth will stop. Wouldn't it be better if we tapered off the growth so that, as we approach build-out, our growth rate decreases?
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2013 9:10:32 GMT -4 by angieadams
I emailed the Cary Town Council about growth and received the following response from Mayor Weinbrecht:
I received growth information from the Planning Director and it is as follows:
April 1, 2008: 125,699 5.9% April 1, 2009: 131,173 4.4% April 1, 2010: 135,819 3.1% April 1, 2011: 138,819 2.6% April 1, 2012: 141,613 2.0% April 1, 2013: 144,316 1.9%
As the data shows our current growth rate is around 2%. This is also verified in the town manager's report and the state of the town given a few months ago. Please understand that this is population change based on utility customers. Census estimates are done every 10 years.
I find it very interesting that the rate of growth in Cary (according to the town planning department) has steadily decreased while we are pulling out of the recession and real estate sales are increasing, and US Census estimates show an increasing rate of growth. Also, the Census estimate for the 2012 population is about 4000 people more than the town estimate.
Also, the link to the town's demographic on my earlier post was broken. I have fixed it in that post; it should work now.