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Posted on: February 20, 2019

Information on the Former Crook Creek Golf Course

Crooked Creek Property

Update:  March 19, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Town of Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept 143 acres of property known as the former Crooked Creek Golf course.

Update: March 18, 2019

The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on March 18, 2019 to give 143 acres formerly known at Crooked Creek Golf Course to the Town of Fuquay-Varina.  The Fuquay-Varina Town Board will consider the proposal at the regularly scheduled Town Board meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  The meeting is open to the public.

Earlier Release:  Feb. 20, 2019

On Monday, February 18, 2019, the Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution allowing the County Manager to enter negotiations with the Town of Fuquay-Varina to convey 143 acres of land, known as the former Crooked Creek Golf Course, to the Town at no cost.  The property was sold to Wake County in June 2018 for $4 million.

Town Manager Adam Mitchell presented Wake County’s resolution to the Town Board at the regularly scheduled meeting on February 19, 2019.  After discussion, the Town Board unanimously approved by motion to direct the Town Manager, along with the Town Attorney, to negotiate terms and conditions of an acceptance agreement for the conveyance of the Crooked Creek property from Wake County to the Town of Fuquay-Varina. 

“It is the Town’s intention to be very transparent with our negotiations so there is no confusion on the part of the public,” said Mr. Mitchell.

The approved Town Board motion includes the following for a successful conveyance of the property:

  • The only potential restrictions tied to the conveyance of the property be as follows:
  •  The property be preserved, in perpetuity, as open space and/or for public use.
  • The property be preserved as open space until which point the Town is ready to develop the property for a public purpose, which may include but not be limited to a public park and/or public facility.
  • The Town will provide a joint use and/or cross access easement to the Wake County Public School System to support the planned adjacent future elementary school site.
  • The acceptance of the property is based on the understanding that the Town is not accepting the property for immediate public use.
  • The acceptance of the property is based on the understanding that land maintenance and mowing activities will be minimal.
  • The acceptance of the property is based on the understanding that as the Town becomes ready to develop the property, the Town will undergo a master planning process, which would identify what uses may be developed on the property as sufficient funding is identified.  These uses could include passive recreation, active recreation and other municipal facilities (for example a fire station or community center).  There are no immediate plans to develop the property and development of the property is not expected for 6 or more years. 
  • The acceptance of the property is based on the understanding that the Town is seeking the entire property (all 143 acres). 

The next steps are for Wake County and the Town of Fuquay-Varina to discuss details of the transfer of land ownership.  As part of the process, town officials will also make an effort to meet with the Crooked Creek Homeowners Association.  Negotiations are expected to take approximately 30 days.  Any agreement would require both approval by the Wake County Board of Commissioners and Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners.

Background

2015: The former Crooked Creek Golf Course, made up of 11 parcels located off Hilltop Needmore Road west of U.S. 401 and north of Fuquay-Varina within the Crooked Creek Subdivision, closed.

June 2018: The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted to purchase 10 of the parcels for $4 million and close access to the public until future uses were determined.

The Wake County Public School System purchased one of the parcels to use for a future elementary school.

September 2018: Wake County officially bought the land. The county used Debt Service Fund reserves to acquire the property with the intent to reimburse those funds from a future limited obligation bond and not from the Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond that recently passed.

 


 



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