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Apex Leaders Tout Plans for New Development

Posted July 27, 2007

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— Wake County development eats up one acre of land an hour. Now, there are plans for more growth in Apex, which was recently named one of the best places to live in America.

The town council recently approved a major, 170-acre, mixed-use development in the heart of downtown. It will include as many as 1,000 homes and 80,000 square feet of retail space. The development would be located across from town hall and span all the way to U.S. 64.

Town leaders said they have given a lot of thought to the project, which has been in the works as a concept plan for 15 years. It will not include cookie-cutter homes, they said.

Twelve different builders are on board so that the houses, second-floor condos and businesses will look different, while still fitting in with the flavor of downtown.

“We can incorporate the new style of planning mixed-use and still maintain the kind of town that all of us came to live there to start with,” Mayor Keith Weatherly said.

Some residents are concerned that the charm of the quaint town will be gone when the new development is created. It will bring in too many people and will be too close to downtown, some say.

“It’s going to bring more traffic and just more headaches,” said resident Peggy Zionts.

But town leaders said they are confident about the town’s newest addition.

In the past year, they developed a new wastewater treatment facility that is under construction, the Williams Creek Pump Station, which will help with water concerns.

The town is also putting $3.5 million in a transportation bond to develop a roadway to go over the train tracks. It will be called the Apex Peakway, which leaders say should help with the traffic concerns.

Developers plan to break ground in early fall on the newest development. Next Wednesday, they'll release more details, including which stores have already signed on.

The first development to be built will be 170 acres and will include townhouses, brownstones and second-floor condominiums above businesses.

Money Magazine recently named Apex one of the best small towns in the country in which to live. Apex ranked the highest of any North Carolina town, coming in at No. 14. Residents say affordable housing and low crime contribute to a high quality of life.


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  • Nancy Jul 29, 2007

    For some interesting (and alarming) facts about what can be done but seemingly noone is interested in concerning the growth...

    here is my latest blog:


  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 29, 2007

    That's the bottom line, isn't it? Increasing the tax base. I'm still amazed that towns are able to annex unwilling neighborhoods like Sunset Lake. Somehow it doesn't seem constitutional.

    And I do think that it is time to take a breather on the development in Wake County. It would be nice if the county were in a legal position to slow growth in the various towns since they don't seem to be willing to do so. The only town in the area, that I have heard of, taking steps to slow growth is Pittsboro in Chatham county.

  • Nancy Jul 29, 2007

    fl2nc2ca2md2nc - Cary is very aggressive in annexing land. Apex can annex land as well, that doesn't mean however that it must be developed immediately. Those being annexed usually fight it unless they need the infrastructure services such as water/sewer. There is rarely a benefit to being annexed into a municipality other than for necessary services. Holly Springs is trying to mimic Cary in their goals of annexing as much land as possible. A few years ago they annexed the Sunset Lake subdivision of very pricey homes, not that those homes needed any of the town's services, they did not. But Holly Springs got a tremendous property tax boost when they did.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 29, 2007

    See that's what I mean. It seems like if a town, Carpenter being the prime example, doesn't annex and develop land in it's surrounding areas then Cary swoops in and does it. That tiny town is off of Hwy 55 and Morrisville-Carpenter road. You drive into it, out of it, and then right into Cary in just a few hundred yards.

    I could be wrong but it sure seems that way to me.

  • Nancy Jul 28, 2007

    fl2nc2ca2md2nc - Cary can only develop land that they have annexed into their boundaries. Of course, if you look at a map of cary, you'll see they annex any land that doesn't currently belong to another municipality :/

    So the answer would have to be no, unless Apex and Cary are both vying to annex the same property, there is not need to rush development as they can only control development in land that is part of that particular town.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 28, 2007

    I had a thought while I was running around today.

    Cary has pretty much swallowed up the town of Carpenter on Hwy 55 near Morrisville...and they have moved aggressively towards Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh, etc.

    Do you suppose that towns like Apex don't restrict growth as much as we might like because they know that Cary would encroach on us even further than they have?

  • Nancy Jul 28, 2007

    Anyone interested in the growth in Wake County and what can be done, I just posted a new blog:


  • Nancy Jul 28, 2007

    nc is my home - nothing is stopping any municipal government or county government from instituting an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. It doesn't require state law to do so.

    Many counties in ohter states that are under pressure from developers have such measures in place. Basically they state that no building permits will be issued unless and until the necessary infrastructure is or will be in place when the development is completed.

    It does work very well in keeping schools from becoming overcrowded, gives government the ability to control growth without it becoming a burden on the backs of those already living there.

    But, that requires elected officials on those levels to actually care about the long term impact of unrestrained growth. We have no such majority in any municipality, county or even in our state house.

  • NC is my home Jul 28, 2007

    Why don’t we put a moratorium on land developers…and also Yankee mayors? That way things will develop as the landowners want & not some outsider!

  • Nancy Jul 28, 2007

    "I've always liked the idea of having developers set aside the land for the new schools which will be required due to growth. I'm not sure why that isn't being done. It seems like plain common sense to me..."

    Because our state legislators have not made such a law allowing any impact fees, any 'in lieu' payments of land or anything else to developers, it can't happen.

    Many states have such approval to get land dedicated by developers, however, it's not used for schools but open space so that towns can turn them into parkland. It's a narrowly defined set of laws that must be followed or risk being overturned by higher courts.