Fellow Apex Citizens. There has been much talk lately of the Ford dealership going in on the corner of Salem St. and 64 on both the SW and SE corners. I would like to put the facts out there as I have seen misinformation being spread.
I was elected in November of 2015. The zoning on the SW corner was approved on 3/17/15. Take a look. Public Hearing 02. http://www.apexnc.org/DocumentCenter/View/2203/20150317-Meetingpdf . Passed 5-0. Crossroads then came back to us shortly after I was elected and asked to rezone the NW corner. When asked what their plan was with the SW corner if the NW corner was rezoned they baulked and were not willing pull their request to talk with staff and council to work it out. Their request to rezone was denied 4-1. Public Hearing 04 http://www.apexnc.org/DocumentCenter/View/9483/20160216-Meeting
Now the SE corner currently under construction and in front of us for annexation. A car dealership on this corner is currently an allowed use with the zoning so this parcel did not need council approval to put a car dealership there. From the best we can tell our records indicate this property has been zoned for industrial use since 1963. Just like the storage unit closer to town, once the old business left the new business could be built without council approval. Is this Annexation is “bringing” a development into the city limits of Apex, connecting to city water and sewer and collecting taxes on the property. The annexation is usually a standard process once a property is rezoned, until this time. The council decided to delay this vote on annexation until our next meeting. We have two choices. We can annex this property and collect the taxes from this property or we can NOT annex it, NOT collect the taxes and deal with the dealership on this corner. Here is the link to their site plan. Note the significant buffer 40 ft. Type A (most opaque) and the two business uses between it and Salem St. http://www.apexnc.org/DocumentCenter/View/24499/CrossRoadsTruckCenter?bidId Although I don’t like the car dealership on the SE corner that is up for annexation I think we should annex this property so the town can collect the taxes. Assuming the two individuals who are still on the council feel the same way they did 3 years ago when they rezoned the SW corner I expect us to annex this property into the town of Apex. I hope the two other members agree.