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Rolesville hopes to change pipeline route to save future homes, businesses

Posted January 6, 2015

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— Rolesville residents and officials hope middle ground can be reached regarding a pipeline slated to run through land already approved for residential and commercial development.

More than 100 acres of farmland along Rolesville Road, located near Rolesville High School and partly bordered by the unfinished Rolesville bypass, is slated to become a subdivision of 900 homes and several commercial businesses.

But the future development is in the path of a planned PENC Energy 23-mile natural gas pipeline.

“By designating this as a corridor, they kill the sale potential for this site,” landowner Cameron Shearon said. “Nobody would buy it with that corridor going through it.”

Shearon was among a group of landowners who met with Eagles and an engineering firm representing the utility company on Tuesday regarding changing the pipeline’s route, which is scheduled to be built in 2016.

The meeting comes over a month after PENC finalized the pipeline’s route, which will start near Franklinton and end near Wendell.

With the planned development being so close to the bypass and located near Wake County’s largest high school, its location would be a great draw for future residents, Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said.

“It's economic development,” he said. “I mean, you start talking to restaurants and big boxes and things like that and they start looking at rooftops.”

A community meeting will take place in the near future regarding the pipeline, Eagles said.

“We’re going to ask the planners for the gas company to try to work with the community to try to find a less objectionable route,” Shearon said.

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  • Larry Sutton Jan 7, 2015
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    Everybody will want the gas, but nobody wants the pipeline near them. Always seems to go that way.

  • 4daddyo Jan 7, 2015

    The last thing that NE Wake county is another 900 homes in Rolesville. They may want the tax revenue but have they traveled 401 recently? How about fixing the rush hour "parking lots" on Capital and 401 BEFORE adding more development in that area? So for that reason if nothing else, bring on the pipeline!

  • Jack Harris Jan 7, 2015
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    Hey this may make no sense to anyone but me??. If the land has been approved for 900 homes just run the pipeline along the right away that will have to be there for all of the utilities?? Or is the 900 a dream number?? What is going on in Rolesville to need 900 homes which will probaly require 3 schools to be built??

  • miseem Jan 7, 2015

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    Could be that it's because jimcricket is very concerned about his rights, not so much for the rights of others. Unless they are a corporation. As another poster stated, the question is how difficult and costly would it be to relocate the pipeline route and if the cost is high, is the pipeline company prepared to pay the current land owners the full value of the land, based on current plans and permits. And reimburse or provide in kind benefits to the town in lieu of anticipated net tax gain (after deduction for cost of additional services required for the developed land).

  • busyb97 Jan 7, 2015

    Why does it have to go where there is residential and commercial development already in process?? Those areas were in the works for years (I know...lived right next to it for 6 years). Now all of a sudden this pipeline is plowing through? Go further east through the farmland. At least there, the farmers can still USE their land for farming/animals.

  • skinnyCat Jan 7, 2015

    The article would be improved if it included a map of the proposed route.

  • tgcmisc Jan 7, 2015

    Me thinks we need a little Spock type logic.

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

    There are commercial and industrial properties all up and down I-95, I-77 & I-85 that are for sale. The ones that have the most readily available infrastructure will be sold and then there will be plants and warehouses and other entities that create JOBS and improve the economic lot of the community.

    When the community starts to thrive, the schools and the towns and the total environment improve. Increase employment.....Crime goes down....as well as the number of Meth Labs.

    This pipeline will provide a vital resource to all of Eastern NC. Forget about heating a building, Natural Gas is used for furnaces to heat treat steel; power boilers for steam to heat chemical processing tanks; Provide cheaper (40% of the cost of propane) for farming operations that currently heat their animal/fowl facilities with Propane.

    YES...pay a fair price. But DO IT!

  • NcNativeRaleigh Jan 7, 2015

    There will be lots of folks served with the pipeline. Its a regional pipeline. Expecting landowners in Rolesville to absorb the economic burden for corporate profit is nonsense. Reroute so to have minimal impact on local community or pay full best use price for the property including loss tax revenue. Enough with the corporate welfare and the welfare rich expecting others to pay for their way thru tax breaks and eminent domain to this example of attempting to obstruct the deserved dividend potential to landowners as Rolesville segue from farming community to suburbia.

  • heelhawk Jan 7, 2015

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    Since I'm dealing with a proposed pipeline now, JIMCRICKET, why do you think they'll be better off? From my perspective, I'll get to pay taxes on my land, but not develop it, and limit future sales and value because no one else can build on it either. Just curious as to your rationale.