Resident criticizes town’s rapid growth
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Only minor discussion and no dissent permeated the planning board’s review of two subdivision requests Tuesday at Wake Forest town hall.
That’s not to say the room was devoid of dissenting voices, however. Pam James, who lives on Dansforeshire Way close to one of the properties, came to protest adding more cars onto Forestville Road and more kids into an already stressed school system, that often sends them to schools well out of their way.
“We already have problems getting out of Thornrose,” James said, adding later, “It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, we have trouble getting anywhere in Wake Forest.”
She said she and her neighbors had all agreed about the issues, but only she attended Tuesday’s meeting to raise the concern. Two residents who live on Rogers Branch Road also expressed traffic concerns directly related to the project. James, however, was more concerned about the town as a whole.
“Isn’t the planning board supposed to plan for the growth?” she asked. “My husband adds five minutes to his commute each year since 2009. I used to like it here (but) I don’t want to retire here.”
Neither planning board members nor town commissioners present for the public hearings responded to James.
The planning board approved the neighborhood subdivisions unanimously. That included the 48-acre, 140-lot Bridgeport subdivision, to be located on 48 acres roughly across Forestville Road from Heritage High School; and The Reserve, a 160-lot neighborhood to be built on 56 acres on land that was once part of an independently run zoo known as ZooFauna or the Triangle Metro Zoo.
Some roadway improvements for traffic flow will be required for both projects.
Planning Board member Joe Kimray praised the future developer of the latter subdivision because many of the lots will remain forested instead of mass graded.
The planning board makes recommendations only. Both projects go to town commissioners for final approval.