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Cary zoning board gives nod to affordable housing project on 2nd review

Modified project was before board for second time

CARY – The affordable senior housing project will move to the Village Board with a positive recommendation after the reconfigured Board of Zoning, Planning and Appeals unanimously recommended a text amendment and conditional use for the facility Thursday.

The vote was a departure from the board’s decision when it first reviewed the project in December. At that meeting, two of the three requested variances were rejected, meaning a supermajority of positive votes from the Village Board would have been required to approve the project.

The project was before the zoning board for a second time because the Village Board sent the project back after trustees could not agree to bring the project to a vote at a January meeting.

At that meeting, PIRHL Principal David Burg also questioned the way the zoning board handled its initial review, saying the board did not spend enough time discussing the two rejected variances.

Earlier this month, former zoning board Chairman Joe Tournier was demoted to a regular voting member by Village President Mark Kownick and subsequently resigned from the board. New Chairman Patrick Khoury led Thursday’s meeting.

The text amendment proposed by PIRHL would modify six sections of Cary’s village code, adding senior housing as a land use category and defining its requirements. The conditional use, which is contingent on the text amendment being approved, would allow this specific project to be built.

In response to concerns from previous meetings, PIRHL reduced the unit count of the building from 68 to 62, modified its presentation, and added a pedestrian path and additional landscaping.

Despite concerns raised regarding the efficiency of the pedestrian path and the height of the building, all five members in attendance voted in favor of the requests. Board member Frank O’Laughlin was absent.

The development will tentatively appear before the Village Board again on April 5.

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