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Rolesville commissioners approve construction noise ordinance

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ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Board of Commissioners amended a town ordinance that allows for more flexibility in construction hours on the weekends at Tuesday's meeting.

The ordinance, which was passed 4-1 under the banner of "unnecessary noise," keeps in place the prohibition of residents creating any loud, unusual sounds deemed unreasonable, such as loud music, blaring horns, and sirens on non-emergency vehicles.

The ordinance also amends permitted construction times during the day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. -6 p.m. on Saturdays. Heavier construction techniques, such as blasting rock, is constrained to 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Originally, the amended ordinance stated 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays for general construction, but after board deliberations and comments from the public it was changed to 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Commissioner Sheilah Sutton was the lone dissenting vote.

After a public hearing, the commissioners approved rezoning 7.35 acres at 1200 Granite Falls Blvd. The rezoning was requested by Lloyd Mattingly of Lloyds of Rolesville, LLC in order to allow an increased development density and multi-family uses on the property. Raleigh attorney Nil Ghosh spoke on behalf of the developer.

"Usually when I work on a rezoning, usually there's a concept/site plan associated with it. This is a little different in that we're just going for the rezoning right now," Ghosh said. "Whatever the use will be, it will require us to come back to the board to present a site plan."

The rezoning did bring some questions from nearby residents such as Valory Washington of Grand Rock Way who expressed worry about rent being raised if a development is built adjacent to a complex populated with retirees on fixed incomes.

"Taxes could be going up, would that impact the senior building also?" Washington asked.

The board speculated that the owner of the complex would make that decision but gave some assurance that prices could stay the same or even go down.

"I'm not an expert in property stuff," said Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie Currin. "But I think the more (property) you have on the market, the more competitive prices will be."

The next regular meeting of the Rolesville Board of Commissioners is scheduled for June 18 at 7 p.m. at Rolesville Town Hall, 502 Southtown Circle.