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Rolesville officials approve mega-subdivision

Posted October 19, 2007
Updated July 25, 2008

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— Rolesville town leaders unanimously approved a rezoning request that will allow the construction of a mega-subdivision that has stirred worries about overwhelming roads and other infrastructure.

The Town Board of Commissioners voted on Tuesday to allow Ammons Development Group to build 831 new single-family homes and townhouses, as well as a 23.5-acre mixed residential and commercial project. Commissioners had annexed 355 acres north of town for the development earlier this month.

Commissioners approved Averette Farms to deal with the population they expect is coming to Wake County's smallest town. Its population is predicted to triple over the next three to five years. Rolesville has seen that type of growth before, but spread over more than 15 years – from 572 in 1990 to 1,711 in 2006.

Those numbers have some worried how Rolesville will deal with increased traffic, particularly around Averette Farms. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is not unusual on U.S. Highway 401, which 26,000 cars travel daily.

"There's no question. It's going to get a lot worse," resident Ellen Viker said.

"Traffic on 401 will probably be wall-to-wall all the way from Forestville Road, all the way probably to Louisburg," Andrew Curran, owner of Anzio's Pizza, said.

Town leaders said they are aware of those concerns.

"Highway traffic, oh man, that's going to be one of our biggest problems," said Mayor Frank Eagles, adding that town leaders are  working to figure out how to best accommodate the ever-changing population.

Construction of a U.S. 401 Bypass around town will help the traffic situation, Eagles said. However, Department of Transportation officials said they do not expect construction to begin until 2011.

"It's not as fast we need it, but at least it's coming," Eagles said. "Maybe we can negotiate a little faster."

The town will contact DOT soon to request the agency speed up the bypass project. DOT officials said they have a lengthy list of procedures to follow before they can begin road construction.

Despite those traffic concerns, town officials said the new subdivision is a win-win situation for Rolesville. More people will mean a larger tax base and a better quality of life for everyone, officials said.

Averette Farms' developer, Andy Ammons, argued that his project offers an organized way to go about growth in Rolesville.

"Sure, we're growing. Growth cannot be stopped," Eagles said. "It's going to happen."


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  • Taxpayer Oct 20, 2007

    They'll build 5 houses and then stop and hold on to the permits until the market improves or the permits can be sold to another developer. There are 32 brand new homes over 2000 sq ft on the market now. No telling how many more that are 1 year old or more.

  • APO75 Oct 20, 2007

    A story on a subdivision in Rolesville and someone has to bring up race, wanting more stories in that area. I ask you, couldn't you just go out in your yard, burn a cross and be happy? Or can your stupidity not allow you to think that hard.

  • gopanthers Oct 20, 2007

    atozca - Amen - And just think we the people of N.C. voted them into office. Go Figure. But we had to choose the lesser of two evils didn't we? LOL

  • blackdog Oct 20, 2007

    ...DOT is broke, and the dream of more road is a pipe dream The water supply is limited. The small town ambience is being replaced with a megasubdivision. Strip malls are soon to follow. The fire department is not that big. The police department is not that big. Quality of life...the kind of quality that come living in constant construction, traffic jams, restricted water usage, crowded school, increased crime, and higher taxes for the long time residents. Quality of life...?....yes, but a much lower one. Seems Andy Ammons has smoozed everyone, but he will definately profit.

  • geosol Oct 20, 2007

    That's great!! We're running out of water, the wastewater plant has to export its $ludge, the roads and the schools haven't been built yet. Yay! Please do more of this.

  • squid90 Oct 20, 2007

    I always chuckle, a lot, when town officials say that a larger tax base will increase the quality of life for the people. What a crock. Construction will go on for years. Roads will be blocked for widening for years. Drivers will be fighting large trucks for ashare of the roads. Dust in the air will be unbreathable. Large trucks will be bellowing out diesael pollution for years. Half the people building the houses wont be able to understand or speak english. And the current residents will be stuck in the middle of it all. WOW, look at all that tax money increasing your quality of life.

    Next time vote for sanity in your community.

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  • atozca Oct 20, 2007

    And where are these children going to attend school? I have lived in this area for years and am not surprised at the greed and stupidity of this governing body.

  • 18monkeys Oct 20, 2007

    I guess that one development will bring in at least a thousand students. Which school would Mayor Eagles like to house them. We don't have a school in the district that can hold that many additional kids. Will Mayor Eagles be the one screaming when the school board is forced to move students to other schools to accommodate the new kids? Will he blame them for poor planning the way the clown prince of Apex does?

  • Gatsby Oct 20, 2007

    Greed trumps common sense ...Is there any doubt who the town officials cater to? The only saving grace may be the housing bust...build'em baby & may they rot from the inside out before you can sell even one. No home sale in Jersey = No home buyer in Rolesville.