Raleigh, N.C. — North Raleigh residents are fighting a proposed development that they say could stress one of the city’s major water suppliers, the Neuse River water basin.
The owner of the land on the corner of Six Forks and Strickland roads has asked the city to rezone the land to allow for hundreds of apartments. The property is in a protected watershed, where zoning laws only allow developers to build one residential unit per acre of land.
If the City of Raleigh approves new zoning laws, the land could be used for more than 14 residential units per acre.
During a February public hearing, residents voiced concerns over the quality of north Raleigh’s drinking water and traffic concerns in an already-congested area.
“I am 100% against this rezoning. I live in Reedham Oaks, and it is very hard to get out of our neighborhood as it is. With the new Target coming, the traffic is already going to increase making that intersection even worse,” one resident wrote in a public comment shared at the hearing. “In addition to the increase in traffic from Target, this land is on the watershed, and that area was zoned that way for a reason.”
City planning documents indicate that the developer Leon Capital Group is based out of Dallas, Texas, and is focused on real estate, healthcare and building companies.
The rezoning goes before the City Council for a public hearing on Tuesday.
Leon Capital Group and their attorney did not reply to a request for commen
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