Apex OKs housing development, despite protests

aramos@newsobserver.comAugust 21, 2013 

— About 108 acres of rural land off Green Level West Road will become a housing development, despite protests from neighbors.

The Apex Town Council agreed to rezone the property Tuesday.

Some residents of nearby Castleberry Road said they worried about increased density, loss of wildlife and potential effects on Castlebury Lake and Jordan Lake About 25 people who opposed the project showed up to Tuesday’s public hearing in green shirts with the words “Castleberry Rural Resident” across the front.

Currently, the area has one home per acre. The new high-end development will allow multiple homes per acre.

“It’s not consistent with our neighborhood,” said Tom Kendig. “We have a rural community. Yet they want to bring intensive development.”

But residents’ concerns didn’t dissuade the council, which voted unanimously to rezone the property from rural agricultural to low-density residential.

Developer Standard Pacific Homes agreed to some conditions that address density and infrastructure. The minimum lot size in the development will be 10,000 square feet, and the developer will install a pump station in the White Oak basin and pay for a Castlebury Lake dam study and some repairs.

“You are not going to have no impact,” said Councilman Gene Schulze. “But it’s going to have a reasonable impact.”

Schulze said he has talked to people who have moved out of Apex because they couldn’t find larger homes to meet the needs of their growing families.

Mayor Keith Weatherly said the developer did a good job of trying to reduce the impact to residents.

“I think it’s a good development for Apex,” he said.

Ramos: 919-460-2609

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