Demand for homes in Apex has become very strong — annual population growth for 2016 may exceed 8% by year’s end and stay strong for 2-4 more years. So what are we doing in response?
We just hired a new plans examiner just to keep from getting further behind processing the sudden wave of construction permit applications. Apex will need to manage growth more closely than ever. Quality of life is a critical element of Apex livability and we are working hard as a team to ensure we don’t lose it.
To that end, we are focused on 1) minimizing traffic impacts, 2) ensuring business balance and 3) preserving nature. The Peakway extension, Olive Chapel / Kelly Rd intersection and TIAs for new development address traffic impacts. The 2030 Land Use Amendments and Economic Development pursuits address business. Tree City USA planning, funding parks and extending greenways address our commitment to nature.
And finally, our downtown is our crown jewel, so we will continue to invest to keep and preserve it, hosting events and festivals there, while supporting our unique small-town character businesses.
As more people decide they, too, want to live in Apex, your local government is working hard to manage the demands that come with being the #1 Best Place to Live in America for the past twelve months. Thank you for allowing us to serve you. We continue to welcome and value your inputs.
It’s best at The Peak!
Lance Olive, Mayor
The Apex Town Council has been made aware that the Wake County School Board would like us to reconsider the two traffic mitigation conditions, namely new turn lanes to improve traffic flow to and from the future Apex Friendship Middle School, that were added to the site plan for the school.
In communication with the WCPSS facilities staff this morning, we have expressed our willingness to move forward with an expedited review. It’s been three months since the site plan approval, and I’m sure both parties agree that we have no time to waste. Apex staff awaits the request by WCPSS for reconsideration, so that hearing can be scheduled as quickly as possible. I will immediately call for a special meeting once their reconsideration request is ready to be heard.
Apex residents have told us very clearly that all new development should mitigate their traffic impacts, and the addition of a school should be no different from any other project. Council is eager to hear the analysis that supports their staff’s assertion that the implementation of these two conditions “will not change the level of service” for these intersections. While my experience tells me that adding turn lanes will improve school traffic flow, I am looking forward to hearing their case and seeing the data analysis.
The citizens of western Apex are looking forward to the opening of AFMS in 2018, as prioritized by WCPSS last year. I’m confident that, just like with the Town of Garner a few months ago, we will be able to come to an agreement that keeps this school’s construction on schedule and Wake County residents will soon be served with a new facility that will accommodate the growing number of middle-school-aged children in and around Apex.