Much was made several years ago about the restrictions Wake County was placing on property owners who lived in the watershed area surrounding a proposed Little River Reservoir.
Those property owners argued that the new rules prevented them from profiting on their property if they ever wanted to. But at the time, it made sense. Wake County was actively pursuing a reservoir in the area that would have served as a new water source for many Wake County residents and there was no indication that the demand for water was likely to stop growing.
Fast forward about 10 years and one big recession and Wake County is now asking itself if the reservoir is really the answer for the region’s future water needs. The answer to that question seems to be leaning toward no.
But the restrictions are still in place. Zebulon and Rolesville are asking Wake County to consider easing the restrictions in the watershed area. That seems like a reasonable request, considering that it could be a generation or more before the river is dammed, if ever.
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We suspect some restrictions are still in order, especially as it relates to heavy industrial use.
But we think it’s no longer necessary to restrict property owners the way it once was.