The leadership of Fuquay Varina is too arrogant to make this apology so I will do it for them.
Dear Wake County Commissioners,
The town of Fuquay Varina has embarked on a grand mission to take advantage of the growth in the area and would like to maximize this opportunity to our own benefit. In order to do so we have invested millions in water and sewer infrastructure in order to prepare thousands of acres for single family homes. We are so hell bent on this path, that we submitted the full 3 mile ETJ that is legally allowed by the state for your consideration. We did this, without any regard for what is right or logical for the current citizens in the area. We did this, knowing full well that the County staff, Planning board, and Commissioners would be forced to do the real work of looking at the individual parcels and making the hard decisions. In doing this we completely offloaded our duty to be responsible stewards of local government. Commissioners, we have made you take the political cost of our irresponsible behavior and for that we are sorry. We checked the boxes required to submit this ETJ request by hosting public sessions where we basically just told the residents what was going to happen. We didn’t actually intend for any of them to raise concerns or be allowed to speak at these sessions but they of course demanded to anyway. We made small and inconsequential changes to our ordinances to attempt to appease them. However, it seems their desire to be left alone and not be told how they can live on their own land is strong. We should have embarked on this process as good neighbors and made ordinances that would allow ETJ residents to feel little impact of the change until the time came that they wanted to develop their land. If we had did this, then there would have been little reason for people to get upset other than of course our reckless approval of development after development without any effective road improvements. We didn’t do this because frankly, we don’t care about personal freedoms. We care about how a mobile home owned by a family on their own land could lower the resale value of an entire new housing development. We care that a homestead’s rooster could make too much noise beside a development that has $400,000 homes. We can’t worry about peoples personal freedoms, we have too many expensive homes to build.
Finally, we are sorry for the following letter we sent to you on October 14th. Even though we forced you to do what we should have done from the beginning. We forced you to host real public comment sessions. We forced you and county staff to dig into the people and parcels that this is affecting. Despite this, we still had the nerve to send you a condescending, and disrespecting letter complaining about reasonable changes to the ETJ area. Wake county Commissioners… Please accept our apology and grant us our land…. dammit.
Please see the town’s real letter to the commissioners below.
Commissioners please don’t allow Fuquay to continue to overdevelop the area surrounding the town. Tap the brakes on this… They are not the right people to be looking out for the residents of Southern Wake county.