Knightdale, N.C. — The idea of a new housing development in Knightdale isn’t sitting well with everyone. A developer wants to build up to 300 homes off Wide Waters Parkway in Knightdale, but some residents said they’re worried about the impact it will have on the fast growing Wake County town.
Current residents said they’re trying to do everything in their power to keep up to 100 acres of trees and woodlands from being torn down — if the plan is approved.
“It’s absolutely beautiful in the spring and summertime when everything starts blooming,” said resident Sophia Marano.
But that scenery could change if town leaders clear the way for a new housing community, which would consist of 291 single-family homes, townhomes and multi-family units on more than 100 acres of land.
Developers need a zoning change to build up Creekview Crossing.
Marano foresees problems if the plan gets approved.
“There’s going to be a lot more erosion. A lot more issues with houses flooding,” she said.
Marano created a petition that has garnered more than 500 signatures.
“Hopefully we can put a stop to this,” said Jaime Huvard.
Huvard said she’s noticed the rapid growth since she’s lived in the town of Knightdale.
“The overcrowding worries me,” said Huvard. “I don’t want to turn into Raleigh or Cary.”
A spokesman for the town of Knightdale said leaders have been intentional in managing growth.
“[Knightdale] has invested in transportation improvements, greenway extensions, parks and recreation facilities, public safety facilities and other amenities to ensure Knightdale retains a high quality of life for residents and visitors,” the town said in a statement.
However, neighbors living near the proposed development said they’ll continue pleading for the area to be preserved.
“I can’t picture houses being back here, especially knowing how it looks right now,” said Marano.
The master plan will be submitted for final approval on March 28.
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