More than 50 residents attended a public hearing where county officials were scheduled to vote for or against the landfill.
The proposed site sits on 116 acres of farmland south of Buffaloe Road, between Old Crews and Lucas Road.
Residents argued that dumping debris there threatened to end their quiet, country lifestyle.
"We'd be sandwiched between Lucas Road and a trash can. The noise and dust and grime would kill us," resident Doris Lucas Larye said of the land where the Lucas family has lived since 1945.
If the plan passed,trucks loaded with debris would have made 220 trips each day past the family's farm and nearby Lockhart Elementary School.
Residents argued that it is not fair to dump construction debris in a town that only builds 150 new houses a year.
"If you think about where the growth has been, it's mostly in the western part of the county. That's what created this debris," Mayor Joe Bryan said.
County officials agreed and voted against the landfill -- stopping the project in its tracks and preserving a way of life that is quickly disappearing in Wake County.
The company that planned to build the landfill could appeal the decision.
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