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February 18, 2013Developers for a potential auto dealership had a pre-application meeting with staff on February 13, 2013. Utilization of existing buildings at the center and some expansion were proposed. View a sketch of MacGregor Shopping Center that was discussed during the meeting.February 3, 2012Town staff conducted a “pre-submittal” meeting with representatives from Costco, at their request, prior to this date to discuss a "conceptual plan" to remove all the current buildings at MacGregor Shopping Center except for the existing bank (at the corner of Edinburgh and Highway 64). They would be replaced with a 147,000 square foot store and an associated gas station. To date, a site plan for a potential Costco at MacGregor shopping center has not been submitted to the Town of Cary for review; thus nothing has been approved by the Town. While a pre-application meeting is a required first step in the Town’s development process, the conceptual plan does not constitute a formal submittal so there is no decision before the Town at this time.The Development ProcessBelow is a summary of the status of this issue thus far and how this project would be reviewed according to Town regulations if this site is pursued by the developer.Zoning
Because a Costco-type store is allowed, no public hearing would be held. This potential developer will, however, have to submit a plan that meets all established development standards related to transportation, landscaping, architecture, stormwater, and the like. Determination of compliance with all of those requirements occurs at the next stage in the development process.
Site Plan Submission
Should the developer decide to proceed, the next step would be for the applicant to submit a formal site plan that meets the Town's requirements. Several months ago, representatives from Costco discussed a "conceptual plan" with Town staff during a pre-submittal meeting. A pre-application meeting is a required first step in the Town’s development process. That plan would remove all the current buildings except for the existing bank (at the corner of Edinburgh and Highway 64) and replace them with a 147,000 square foot store and an associated gas station. The conceptual plan does not constitute a formal submittal, however, and staff does not know whether – or when – an applicant might submit a plan for development. Sometimes the pre-application meetings do lead to developers taking next steps, but frequently Town staff never hears from them again.
Site Plan Review
When/If a site plan is submitted, the Town will ensure that any proposal meets the Cary Land Development Ordinance (LDO). Again, this is when traffic would be evaluated against applicable traffic and transportation requirements. The site plan review process takes several months and is typically handled by Town staff as an administrative function.
A site plan typically undergoes several cycles of review:
Availability of Information
You can obtain general information about the Town’s development process and follow the progress of an individual, specific development plan in the following ways:
1. General information that describes all of the Town’s development processes is located in the award-winning VIP (Virtual Interactive Planner) section of our website: http://vip.townofcary.org/
2. You can monitor development submittals on the Town's website in a couple of ways:
3. Call the Planning Department at (919) 469-4082.4. Visit our offices on the 3rd Floor of Cary Town Hall at 316 N. Academy St., Cary, NC 27513.ContactJeff G. Ulma, AICPPlanning Director(919) firstname.lastname@example.org