Strom discusses the effect the controversial Briar Chapel development project will have on northeastern Chatham County. First rejected in 2002, the project recently won approval from the Chatham County commissioners. Approximately 1,600 acres of mostly undisturbed woodlands and pastures will be used. Construction of 2,400 homes for 6,000 new residents, along with three commercial centers, is planned for the next decade. When completed, the new community will have roughly the population of Siler City, the county's largest community now.