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Fuquay-Varina ignites annexation squabble with Holly Springs

Posted May 7, 2008

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— About 500 homes and 1,000 people who occupy an area between Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina may wind up as Fuquay residents soon because that town wants to beat Holly Springs to the punch in annexing the land.

Holly Springs says it has no annexation plans, however.

Fuquay-Varina leaders want the land. Holly Springs leaders say they are not interested. The people who live there say they are caught in the middle anyway.

“We're really quite upset. The story just keeps getting longer and longer,” resident Kenneth Williams said.

Last month, the Fuquay-Varina town board passed a resolution announcing plans to annex more than 1,000 acres. The reason behind the move: the town of Holly Springs may want to do the same.

“Just get the two waring factions, the two neighboring towns, to stop taking advantage of us, talk to each other and let the citizens have their day,” Williams said.

Fuquay-Varina Town Manager Andy Hedrick said he knows, forced annexation is never popular. In this case; however, he said Holly Springs made the first move.

“They have made land-use plans on our side of the line,” he added.

Nine years ago, the towns made an agreement outlining exactly where they can expand into unincorporated Wake County. Hedrick says, however, that a Holly Springs map of future land uses shows possible town limits crossing into what was supposed to be Fuquay-Varnia's area.

“If this area is gonna be a part of Fuquay-Varnia's future growth area, then we're gonna have to take actions now while we have this agreement in place, in order to assure that,” Hedrick said.

“We have nothing to do with this,” Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears said.

Sears said the town has no immediate plans to annex the area. Just because it's on a map, he said, doesn't mean the town is after it.

“I haven't talked to anybody. Carl Dean, our town manager, hasn't talked to anybody. None of our councilmen, to my knowledge, have talked to anybody. So it is really kind of a surprise,” Sears said.

Fuquay-Varina leaders have scheduled information sessions for May 13 and 15 to discuss the annexation plan with residents.


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  • TheAdmiral May 14, 2008

    The problem here is that Fuquay is annexing not to grow their base, but to do it before someone else.

    This is a highly unethical situation on Fuquay's part and is not the reason why the annexation laws were written like that.

    I think that this blatant execution of ill will toward the citizenry needs to be taken care of at the town hall.

    Just make sure you call the coroner when your through.

  • njjeff May 8, 2008

    It's just another way for the town to abtain more tax dollars. I could understand expanding the town's limits if the land within the limits was completely developed, but it's not.

  • whatusay May 8, 2008

    People will do anything for money.

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  • TheAdmiral May 8, 2008

    That is just it - it was never in their capital improvement plan to begin with.

    They are wanting tax money - plain and simple. For no other reason.

  • Get_Serious May 8, 2008

    Sounds like Fuquay is looking for a scapegoat so they can move forward with their annexation plans early.

  • Wolfy1 May 8, 2008

    Nope,they didn't ask us anything. Our version of information was a letter indicating that we were going to be annexed. I'm personally not against it, as long as the services are brought to my house (i.e. Water and Sewer most importantly, then garbage, fire, police, etc...). But I'm very much against it if F-V doesn't give me an acceptable timetable for when these services are planned in their CIP (Captial Improvement Plan).

  • 2headstrong May 7, 2008

    Did either town bother asking the people who live in that area if they were interested in becoming part of either town to begin with?

    Probably not. Towns seem to have a Borg-like mentality where the dwindling areas of open country are concerned. They seem to think that people there are really clamboring for foul, chlorinated water that they have to pay for, and more taxes and limits on their rights as homeowners.