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Neighbors mixed on potential Clayton development

Posted November 6, 2014

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— Wakefield Development want to build a subdivision on property that once was the backdrop for a Clayton steeplechase – and nearby residents have mixed feelings about it.

“It's progressive for Clayton, that's a good thing, but you hate to see things, nice pristine things like that go away,” said Rene Sammons, who lives nearby.

Wakefield wants to build more than 2,000 homes on the property, located off Covered Bridge Road. The space is currently being used by cows as a place to graze.

Wayne Pourron sees the growth as a good thing.

“I think it would make the area a whole lot better, so I don't have a problem with development whatsoever,” he said.

A traffic study, along with plans for the development, could go before Clayton’s planning board within the next few weeks.

No timeline has been set regarding when homes will be built, but Pat Ferrell doesn’t like what’s potentially coming.

“We got away from the (N.C. Highway 40/N.C. Highway 42) area which is very crowded, which is one of the reasons we got out here so we're a little bit disappointed with what we've been hearing lately,” he said.


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  • lewiskr45 Nov 7, 2014

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    Typically, zoning would prevent industrial or commercial uses from locating in someone's "backyard". And if the developers follow all the rules, why not? Roads, utilities, bridges (if needed?) would be provided by the developer, that's why they plan.

  • miseem Nov 7, 2014

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    So your attitude is it's my land and I'll do whatever I want with it. So you would not mind, say, a pig farm being put up in your back yard? Maybe a major shopping center that makes it impossible for you to get out of your driveway in the mornings? A bar with live music opening beside your house open til 1 AM? There have to be some limits. I'm not against development, and this land was purchased years ago for just that reason. But you can't just throw houses up and then wait years for the infrastructure (roads, bridges, schools, utilities) to catch up. And this land is going to require a lot of infrastructure improvements if they want to put 2,000 homes there.

  • Malakai Bluebone Nov 7, 2014
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    As far as an HOA goes sometimes they can be a good thing. You have obviously never had a terrible neighbor.

  • Stan Creech Nov 7, 2014
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    This property is some of the prettiest in Johnston County. Leave it be.

  • silvfx Nov 7, 2014

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    so much for friendly southern hospitality.

  • disgusted2010 Nov 7, 2014

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    Once again an enlightened liberal has to stoop to name calling. Is this how its done in western europe?

  • disgusted2010 Nov 7, 2014

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    You have just restored my faith in how ignorant you really are. I really wish you would move back to your utopia and stop all the venomous hatred you spew daily about this county, state and country.

  • Grand Union Nov 7, 2014

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    LOL there will almost certainly be an HOA, true they are a pain sometimes, but they are the only way to protect your property value from an crazy neighbor, and you might as well get used to "liberalism" because its here to stay despite the best efforts of the Tea Party Taleban.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 7, 2014
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    Somehow I don't think that attitude will go over too well in JoCo..... Most folks I know will "strongly" discourage drillers from wanting to drill there....

  • Marley Higgins Nov 7, 2014
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    If neighbors don't want development, they should band together, buy the land and put it in a trust so it won't get developed. otherwise, shut up and deal with it.