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Raleigh Seeks to Stake Claim to 6,000 Acres

Posted January 4, 2008

— City officials want to reserve several swaths of land north and east of Raleigh for future growth.

The six locations singled out by the city's Planning Department stretch from Capital Boulevard to Rock Quarry Road and could eventually add 6,000 acres and as many as 35,000 homes to Raleigh.

"This change will allow Raleigh to better manage what happens on this land than having it be driven on a parcel-by-parcel basis," Planning Director Mitchell Silver said.

The Planning Department has studied extending Raleigh's extra-territorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, boundaries for more than a year. ETJ areas are located outside of cities limits but are controlled by municipal zoning regulations.

The areas being eyed for ETJ inclusion are as follows:

  • 2,079 acres between the Neuse River and Rock Quarry Road along Auburn-Knightdale Road
  • 2,058 acres between Mitchell Mill, Watkins and Buffaloe roads
  • 975 acres between Louisburg Road and the ETJs of Wake Forest and Rolesville
  • 665 acres off Capital Boulevard near the Wakefield Plantation development
  • 150 acres off Louisbury Road and Blackley Lake Road
  • 73 acres off Old Milburnie Road

The City Council, which was expected to review the proposal Tuesday, must request the ETJ boundary extension from the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

"In the short term, if the county grants that extension, the first thing the city will do is place zoning on that property. Right now, there's county zoning. It would have to be city zoning on that property," Silver said.

As the land is developed over time, the city would look at annexing parcels, adding to the tax base and creating a responsibility to provide infrastructure and public services like police and fire protection.

"It's advantageous to bring that land in now so that, as you start to connect roads and sidewalks and sewer and water, it now satisfies the city standards and (the city is) not having to retrofit county structure to city structure."


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  • jsanders Jan 6, 2008

    No doubt there is a need for annexation reform in this state:

  • skypilot-not Jan 6, 2008

    Planning commission my foot. More like stealing commission

  • All child molesters should die Jan 6, 2008

    I feel sorry for the owners of the property.

  • S82R Jan 5, 2008

    ETJ leads to annexation which equals forced taxation.

    How far away would I have to move to avoid this???? I remember when in Wake Co we grew tobacco. Seems the crop of late is houses....

    Oh yeah, water....well....they could work on the little river reservoir but they will find some other way to squander the tax dollars needed for that project. Despite all of the "planning" done in the planning department I think it is pretty evident the only plan is to do whatever it takes to get more money....

  • applesmith Jan 5, 2008


  • flashlight Jan 5, 2008

    This area will all eventually be added to the Raleigh city limits in the future, whether it be 10 years or 50 years from now. All this does is switch from the County's zoning rules to the City's. This does not mean that all of the properties in this area will be forced to abandon their well and septic systems and connect to city water/sewer. It also means that these properties will not immediately be open for development any more than what they were in the past. Keep in mind, the City can annex property that isn't in it's ETJ as well.

  • bushretard Jan 5, 2008

    35000 homes? What are they going to drink and bathe with?

  • lolly Jan 5, 2008

    Amen OldRebel

  • oldrebel Jan 5, 2008

    Build more and they will come...and hopefullythey'll bring their own water, schools, infrastructure so those already here wont be forced to cough up the ante.

  • Mean Old Mom Jan 5, 2008

    Before Raleigh even thinks about creeping like Kudzu into the areas surrounding Wake Forest and Rolesville, shouldn't they be thinking about other ways the money for 6000 acres of land could be spent? Oh, like maybe increasing the water supply, expanding the roads to reduce traffic, considering their own school district within Wake County. It would have been nice if the article told us how much per acre the land will cost the city and then use that same info to show what the same amount of money would buy for other services that are so desparately needed in the area (water, roads, schools, etc.).