Public Hearing Set For Annexation Request

A public hearing to gather citizens comment will be held next week on a proposal to annex 21.1 acres of land into the Smithfield city limits. The satellite annexation is for a tract of land near West Smithfield Elementary School and stretches from Galilee Road to Black Creek Road.

Navaho Investment Company, LLC, a Raleigh company, is considering building a large subdivision on a rural tract of land

The proposed Twin Creeks Subdivision is within Smithfield’s ETJ. It would include approximately 92 residential lots.

Smithfield Planning Director Stephen Wensman said the County of Johnston did not want to provide services to the proposed subdivision and the landowner then requested annexation to receive town water, sewer and police services.  Wensman said Duke Energy would provide electrical service.

In September, when the proposed annexation was first discussed by Town Manager Michael Scott, council members asked town staff to investigate the the feisibility and cost.  Mayor Pro Tem Travis Scott expressed concern it could be challenging to provide town services that far away from the current city limits.

In an email, Fire Chief John Blanton said the area is within the Smithfield fire district and no change in service was needed.  Utilities Director Ted Credle said the subdivision could be provided the same service as other residents

Public Works Superintendent Lawrence Davis said the annexation would require a slight increase in their budget due to the costs associated with trash collection including fuel, tipping fees and roll out containers.

Chief of Police Keith Powell said in an email, “The police department will be able to cover calls but at some point additional officers may have to be added to assist with the additional calls that will result from a larger patrol area.”

Town Manager Michael Scott said the area off Highway 210 is seeing growth, which he expects to continue.

A public hearing on the satellite annexation request will be held on November 6th at 7:00pm at the Smithfield Town Hall. The town council could vote on the annexation request at the conclusion of the public hearing.