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Rolesville gives early OK to 96-home subdivision

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ROLESVILLE — The Rolesville Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a preliminary plat for a subdivision that could bring 96 single-family lots to an area off West Young Street.

Chandler’s Ridge is being developed by Wright-Whitley Development and D.R. Horton Terramor,as a conservation subdivision.

The nearly 100 homes would be built on just over 170 acres.

Two different styles of homes are planned. Cottage homes will be 1,800-2,700 square feet and priced between $320,000 and $370,000. Larger homes will be 2,700-3,500 square feet and priced between $399,000 and $450,000.

The developer agreed to not remove or alter Bradford pear trees that are located along the Rolesville Baptist Church Cemetery property line as well as agreeing to make sure stormwater runoff did not negatively impact any surrounding developments.

Betty Freeman and George Garcia own land beside the proposed subdivision and spoke out in opposition of Chandler’s Ridge.

Freeman worried stormwater runoff could negatively affect a cemetery and an increase in cars could cause more accidents.

Garcia was upset about trespassers on their land, including surveyors hired by the developers. He asked for a fence to be placed along the property line to keep people off their land.

The developer agreed to place fencing between the Freeman-Garcia property and Chandler’s Ridge. However, they could not keep people from hopping the fence or trespassing in other ways once the lots are sold.

Laura Logan lives next to the proposed subdivision on a one-acre lot. She worried that without a buffer she would lose a lot of her privacy. She also brought up stormwater concerns.

By state law, developers have to prove that runoff from the development is less than or equal to the previous level of stormwater neighboring properties received. The estimated stormwater impacts are less than the row crops in the area now, Whitley said. The developer also agreed to place a 6-feet fence between Chandler’s Ridge and Logan’s property.

Commissioner Jackie Wilson moved to approve the preliminary plat with conditions, and Commissioner Sheilah Sutton seconded it. The motion passed unanimously.

The board also approved a development agreement with Chandler’s Ridge. Rolesville will annex the part of Chandler’s Ridge that lies outside of town limits.

The agreement also requires a corridor to be left open for an alternative route for the proposed Jones Dairy Road extension and would allow the town to receive dedicated open space at no additional cost.

The town will also be able to purchase a 22-acre site for a park if the proposed Jones Dairy Road Extension is relocated.

Wilson made a motion to adopt the agreement, which Commissioner Paul Vilga seconded. It passed unanimously.

In other news, the board:

  • Canceled Fourth of July fireworks out of concern that firefighters and police officers may be overwhelmed by crowds. Several other municipalities canceled celebrations, which could have caused an influx to the town celebrations. It would also be difficult to physically distance with the number of people expected to attend.
  • Approved the Farm Site Master plan. The town has not approved building the park yet.
  • Approved the Rolesville Rural Fire Department Site Plan. This will add a second garage to the right side of the existing garage downtown. The building will be mostly obscured by the Chamber of Commerce building. A landscaping buffer will also be planted.
  • Asked to schedule a work session to discuss possible updates to the R3 zoning district to include single-family homes.

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