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Local Growth Issues to Play Out at Polls

Posted November 5, 2007

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— Rapid growth in area towns could play a role at the polls Tuesday as pro-growth and slow-growth candidates face off.

Wake Forest, for example, has doubled in size in the last decade and now faces a debate about how fast the town should grow.

"The incumbents and the challengers are divided along those lines pretty much," said Marty Coward, editor of The Wake Weekly newspaper.

Some candidates for commissioner in Wake Forest are for continued steady growth, while others maintain development is outpacing the infrastructure to handle it.

In the previous election, two commissioners for steady growth were replaced by slow-growth candidates, Coward said.

Last month, Cary voters ousted pro-growth Mayor Ernie McAlister in favor of Harold Weinbrecht, a former member of the Cary Town Council who favored more controls on growth.

Political commentator Barlow Herget said growth is the hot topic in this year's municipal elections. Voters could essentially stage a referendum on the population increase the Triangle has seen in recent years, he said.

"I think you are seeing it all throughout the Triangle. You are seeing it in small towns like Wake Forest and Apex (and) Morrisville," Herget said, adding that Knightdale and Garner are other area towns confronting growth at the polls.

Some people said they're concerned such important decisions could be left to a few people since non-presidential election years historically have low turnout.


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  • richard2 Nov 6, 2007

    Its funny. Its got crowded only after I moved here, now I'm for slowwwwww growth. Please live somewhere else so I won't have to live in these conditions. Yea right.

  • Myword Nov 5, 2007

    But Made...we have run out of water....maybe we should start being more rude and hope they get the message? I'll give it a try...

    Outsiders! Leave our villages and forsake our pleasant company!

  • Made In USA Nov 5, 2007

    I have found that the people living in our area are different than what you will find in other parts of the country. There's nothing like good ole southern hospitality. In some cities, you speak to a stranger and they think you're fixing to rob them. Not here, at least not in most areas. Add the beautiful greenery and the mild weather to that, and you have a perfect place to live. And word is out. Expect the growth to continue. I do not believe it is going to slow down anytime soon. Unless we run out of water.

  • jkuwalik2 Nov 5, 2007

    Hopefully this will not pass. Why should I pay for growth for someone else. If somebody elses road and school is being built, let them pay for it thru impact fees. If these builders can cut their prices by $25,000 to sell them, they can pay $5000 in order to build it. We really do not need the explosive, unplanned growth we have been seeing in this area in the last few years.