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Apex votes to control 9,000 acres next door

Posted October 2, 2007
Updated May 7, 2008

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— Apex leaders voted unanimously Tuesday for a plan that could position the town to nearly double in size in the next 10 years.

The plan to ask Wake County to grant Apex planning and zoning jurisdiction over nearly 9,000 acres outside town boundaries will be the largest extra-territorial jurisdiction move ever in the county, Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly said.

Extra-territorial jurisdiction lets a municipality control development in unincorporated areas. State law determines how far out a town can reach.

"It allows for orderly planning on the area adjacent to our city limits," Weatherly said. "It provides protection from a neighbor, from the intrusion of something that could be built next door."

Areas within the extra-territorial jurisdiction remain outside town limits, and the town does not tax them. People who live there do not vote in town elections. The town could eventually annex some or all of the land.

"That would, I think, almost double or corporate limits," Weatherly said of annexation.

Extra-territorial jurisdiction may limit what residents can do with the land that, in some cases, they have owned for years.

"When I first got the paper, I didn't understand what was going on," said Christine Williams, who wanted to put a mobile home on another parcel of land that would soon be under Apex's zoning laws.

"That's when I realized I couldn't put that there on that property," she said, noting Apex's zoning laws don't allow mobile or manufactured homes.

Williams said it isn't fair because she still lives in the county. Apex town leaders said it is a part of planning for growth.

Town leaders said people within the extra-territorial jurisdiction will have the option to become part of the town and that no area would be annexed by force.

The town planning director said anyone can petition to change their zoning, but it must be put to a vote.

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  • eduncw Oct 3, 2007

    I want to live in Apex. Apparently its the City on the Summit.

  • pleshy Oct 3, 2007

    If you want someone to blame for the procees of annexation, blame the legislature. Municipalities (like apex) cannot exist without the express authorization of the state government. Remeber from civics, people, there are only two levels of sovereign government in the USA - Federal and State. The counties, cities and towns exist solely at the pleasure of the legislature and can only act when, where and how the general statutes allow. If apex is annexing, it is doing so because the statutes say it can, and doing so in the ONLY MANNER ALLOWED BY LAW. If you don't like it, get a new legislature. Apex government isn't the problem here. It is doing what it is allowed to do in the only manner it is allowed to do it.

  • TheWB Oct 3, 2007

    9,000 acres, shish, that's nothing, the totalitarian regime in Fayetteville forcibly annexed 23 sq. miles, in a closed door vote! Now after 3 years of paying taxes since, still no water, still no sewer, and this classic example of taxation without representation was upheld by our wonderful state's supreme court. There are a few bills being floated around to change this, so if they aren't just typical, political, lip service I suggest everybody get behind legislation abolishing these "legal" land grabs.

  • the alliance Oct 3, 2007

    Then we need to not elect whoever decided to double the size of apex.

  • brand7976 Oct 3, 2007

    It's worse than taxation without representation, it's legislation without representation.

  • brand7976 Oct 3, 2007

    Corruption at its worst.

  • haggis basher Oct 3, 2007

    Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated!

  • bpjamesncsu Oct 3, 2007

    Thanks pleshy for words of wisdom. People want to move here, so the development is coming. After all, no one wants government telling them where they can or can't live. Poor planning now only creates even more headaches later.

  • pleshy Oct 3, 2007

    DOT is the problem with traffic. Of course, if you let Apex Annex to increase the tax base, then it would be able to pay for the road inprovements itself, just like Cary did on US 1/US 64 in Crossroads. It is a double edged sword. The development is coming, whether the city wants it or not, because demand for housing is there, therefore, demand for local shopping is there. If Apex can get ahead of the curve it can regulate the zoning more easily and get a grasp on the uses earlier. If not, Holly springs or Cary will, and where will your road improvement money come from?

  • superman Oct 3, 2007

    What happend to the private school the Mayor was going to building in Apex? I think he said he could build one for a million dollars?

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