Curious Chatham: What are the important decisions yet to be made on Chatham Park, who makes them and when?

With additional reporting by Adrianne Cleven

This week’s question comes from Stephanie Bass. She’s got one that we’re sure is on a lot of your minds: what are the important decisions yet to be made about Chatham Park, along with who makes them and when? If you’ve just moved to town – or have been walking around with earmuffs on for the past few years – here’s the scoop: Chatham Park is a pending mixed-use development in the Town of Pittsboro. At full buildout, which is expected to take 35 to 40 years, it’s projected to spread over more than 7,000 acres. 

Thomas D’Alesandro has a history of strategizing planned developments in the vein of Chatham Park: he’s worked on four of the largest master-planned communities in the country, including Las Vegas’ “Summerlin” and “The Woodlands” in Texas. He thinks there’s value to planning a multi-use community this far out to combat, among other things, the traditional and often erratic growth that can jeopardize the look of such a historic town through traditional suburban sprawl.