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Task in Wake Forest Is to Manage Growth, Not Fight It

Posted January 3, 2008
Updated January 4, 2008

— Wake Forest just keeps growing – recently the town passed the 25,000 population mark – and its population has doubled in the last five years.

Everywhere you look, Wake Forest is home to new homes and new developments.

“Wake Forest is now on the map. It's the new Cary,” said Pam Tarangelo, who owns La Foresta Italian Cafe.

More than 1,000 people a year move to Wake Forest. With construction to begin this year on two more subdivisions, that number will only increase.

“The question is not are we going to grow. The question is how are we going to grow? Where are we going to grow?” said Mayor Vivian Jones.

Jones says Wake Forest is growing out, with lots of development outside the town center.

At La Foresta, Tarangelo said that means potentially more customers. The problem is that they have to find her place.

“I think a lot of people don't even know there is a downtown Wake Forest. A lot of people that live in this area, you know, they might live in Heritage or live in Wakefield, it's just where they live. It's where they sleep,” Tarangelo said.

“It certainly is not a dead downtown, but we do need more growth,” Jones said.

While the mayor says there are efforts to bring more customers downtown, Wake Forest also must keep up with the new faces on the outskirts.

That means infrastructure and plenty of traffic concerns, especially on Capital Boulevard.

“That is not our problem. It's a regional problem,” Jones said.

Locally, the mayor said the town will continue to embrace growth, all while making sure too much doesn't happen too quickly.

Wake Forest leaders will meet for a planning department retreat next week. They'll discuss how they want to manage the town's growth.


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  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jan 4, 2008

    It's funny how NOW they are thinking "Manage" growth....Does that have anything to do with the fact that as the economy begins to show signs of weakness, and everyone realizes that if people QUIT moving to this area, then MANY MANY of you will be un-employed??? and it's NOT just the "Developers" that will pay...it's EVERY SINGLE one of you!

  • Arkansas Razorback Jan 4, 2008

    I miss the Fountain of 1888. When I moved here in the late 80's there was a tastee freez and a hardees and a few privately owned restaraunts. It only took about 15 minutes to get from anywhere to anywhere. A lot has changed. They are building a mall where we used to have barn parties.

  • 37 Jan 4, 2008

    The "not our problem" comment is all about tone of voice. What I am sure she meant is that it is not only a problem of the town, but the region as a whole.

    Wake Forest is no longer what it once was. It is sad for folks to refer to treeless developments in a town known for its wooded areas. Yes, the town is a great area to call home, yet it is long past the time to address responsible growth and the need to provide retail services to the traditional downtown area.

  • rogerkneebend Jan 4, 2008

    Too many people are moving to the Raleigh area in general. I mean, is it so bad where they are coming from that they have to overpopulate this area?

  • WakeHammer Jan 4, 2008

    I love the 'not our responsibility' comment from the Mayor, Ernie McAlister rode that one down to defeat.

  • hollywoodbruce Jan 4, 2008

    please dont say you are going to be like cary..c.a.r.y....we all know what that stands for....

  • bluedevl... Jan 4, 2008

    skidkid...it's called a grease trap and it is very expensive, but it helps the environment and that is what is MOST important to Wake Forest.

    Trying to get a permit in Wake Forest is unbelievably hard.

    The Town does a great job of making sure the impervious areas are kept to a minimum.

    Not granting permits IS NOT the answer.

  • WFrules Jan 4, 2008

    On top of this we pay double the cost for the water than RAL does!

  • WFrules Jan 4, 2008

    We've lived in Wake Forest now for about 1.2 years. We love the town, but rhe roads to Raleigh are really packed full, even on weekends. Raleigh/WF should plan for growth on the roads and not put the cart before the horse... They're growing, but not doing a d$%^ thing about the roads? Listen up Raleigh and WF!

  • bluedevl... Jan 4, 2008

    whatelseisnew......What a great idea!!!

    That would put THOUSANDS of people out of work....