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Growth pushes into Wake's smallest town

Posted September 28, 2007
Updated July 25, 2008

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— Even in Wake County's smallest town, the population is exploding, and a proposal for a mega-subdivision has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

In 1990, 572 people called Rolesville home. By 2006, that number nearly tripled to 1,711. To house the growing population, town records show 15 subdivisions "in progress" as of September, but a proposal for 831 homes is not going down easily.

Ammons Development Group wants to clear 355 acres of farmland for the Averette Farms mixed-use development. It would include 831 homes, soccer fields, children's parks and a commercial center.

Some residents think that long-term development planning will benefit Rolesville.

It would work "if they develop as they planned, like a planned community," resident Hilda Lloyd said.

Down the street in the Wall Creek subdivision, though, Lloyd's neighbor Jerry Huff disagreed.

"I liked it when I moved up here, because it wasn't a real large town," he said. "And it didn't take you forever to go three or four blocks. But now it does."

Along with extra traffic, Huff said he's worried that the subdivision's residents could strain the town's water and sewer system. Another person recently passed out flyers expressing similar concerns about growth.

Averette Farms' developer, Andy Ammons, said growth will come to Rolesville no matter what, and his proposal offers an organized way to go about it.

"Short of putting up a fence and keeping people out, that wold only encourage people just to hopscotch and leapfrog over us," Ammons said. "They'd be on both sides of you, so you'd get none of the benefits but most of the problems with growth."

Rolesville Planning Director Brian Hicks said the town will have enough water, even with the new subdivision. Plans are in place to ease traffic congestion should Ammons get approval to build Averette Farms, Hicks said.

The public will get a chance to speak on the issue at the Board of Commissioners meeting at Town Meeting Hall, 101 N. Main St., at 7 p.m. Monday. Commissioners might vote on the proposal then.

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  • PikeMom Sep 30, 2007

    Where's the water going to come from?

  • elcid89 Sep 29, 2007

    "And you have to be careful about making per capita comparisions. One murder in a small town has a much greater impact on per capita rates than one murder in a large city. It is only really fair to compare like sized towns and cities with their counterparts close in population."

    End of the day I think it boils down to what makes one happier. I'm happy here. Others are happy in Wake. There are no truly right choices in that regard. I will say we've managed growth far better than Wake has, however. There's no disputing that one.

  • elcid89 Sep 29, 2007

    "elcid.what can i say...chapel hill is in orange county and is a liberal bastion of far left loons that have no idea that the world is turning."

    Then why is it such a desirable place to live? Why do things seem to be working here when they're hitting all sorts of speed bumps elsewhere?

    "thats why john edwards has his headquarters there."

    He has his headquarters here because he lives right down the road. I'd imagine it's convenient for him.

    "if there is not much crime in orange county why do they have over 200 officers on chapel hill, p.d. and rural murders in the county..you need to get your liberal facts straight..."

    Nobody said there wasn't crime. Was WAS said is that comparably, we have less crime than our neighboring counties. We also have less traffic, less congestion and generally speaking a better way of life (although that's subjective, granted.)

    Am I to conclude that you consider congested and out of control Wake preferable? If so, that's ok. It isn't my cup of tea.

  • Steve Crisp Sep 29, 2007

    When factoring murder rates, the raw numbers can tell you only part of the story. You also have to look at the types of murders. Do the victims know each other and are involved in a drunken dispute? Are the murders the result of domestic violence? Are they complete strangers? Was the murder intentional or a fight gone bad? The ones that truly matter with respect to how safe one feels in a given community are murders committed by strangers, especially in the context of another crime being committed like home invasion or armed robbery.

    And you have to be careful about making per capita comparisions. One murder in a small town has a much greater impact on per capita rates than one murder in a large city. It is only really fair to compare like sized towns and cities with their counterparts close in population.

  • RALEIGH DOODLEBUG Sep 29, 2007

    elcid.what can i say...chapel hill is in orange county and is a liberal bastion of far left loons that have no idea that the world is turning. thats why john edwards has his headquarters there. if there is not much crime in orange county why do they have over 200 officers on chapel hill, p.d. and rural murders in the county..you need to get your liberal facts straight...

  • elcid89 Sep 29, 2007

    "move elcid in there and the rest will probably move out."

    In where? He already lives in Orange.

  • lizard Sep 29, 2007

    move elcid in there and the rest will probably move out.

  • gopanthers Sep 29, 2007

    Whoops never mind. I just put the number's you indicated in the right order. LOL - Call me stupid and slap me upside the head.

  • gopanthers Sep 29, 2007

    Elcid89 - If your number's are correct then of your list indicated Durham of all places would be the safest place to live????

  • elcid89 Sep 29, 2007

    "elcid 89...was there not 2 murders in orange county last week?...at least that what was on wral.."

    Of course there were. No county in NC completely escapes violent crime. That said, Orange has one of the lower violent crime rates in the area.

    Alamance - 491 per 100,000
    Chatham - 211 per 100,000
    Durham - 1,209 per 100,000
    Caswell - 489 per 100,000
    Person - 396 per 100,000

    Wake - 554 per 100,000

    Orange - 400 per 100,000

    And we get to have the amenities without being excessively rural like some other areas while not suffering much of the consequences of rampant growth like Wake, etc. All things considered, it sounds like we're doing something right.

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