STOP The Proposed U​.​S. 401 Bypass-SAVE OUR FARMS-Save Olive's Tree Farm, Inc.

STOP The Proposed U​.​S. 401 Bypass-SAVE OUR FARMS-Save Olive's Tree Farm, Inc.

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Candace Gray started this petition to NC CAMPO and

PETITION OF NON-SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSED U.S. 401 BYPASS

SAVE OUR FARMS & Conserve Our Environmental Resources

SAVE Olive’s Tree Farm, Inc. and other farms in the path

Petition Purpose: Express our OPPOSITION to the proposed U.S. 401 Bypass. This petition is to inform the NCDOT, CAMPO (NC Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization), and our local governments (Fuquay-Varina, NC) that we as landowners, homeowners, businesses, farmers and as a community are against this bypass.

What Is It: The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is currently conducting a corridor study of U.S. 401. This corridor study will continue through Summer 2022 and begins near Banks Road in Wake County towards U.S. 421 in Lillington. This particular study is suggesting a section of a proposed U.S. 401 Bypass around 7 miles long beginning south of Banks Rd and intersecting Hilltop Rd, Kennebec Rd and Hwy 42 while following along Walter Myatt Rd. After crossing Eddie Howard Rd, it turns west towards Buck Rowland Rd back over Kennebec Rd and across Clayton Rd to Hwy 55. (Alternate routes are also presented.) The previous larger study a decade ago had been ceased until CAMPO revived this smaller study portion in hopes of it getting funded and approved since it’s on a smaller scale. More information can be found at www.us401corridorstudy.com If this bypass is confirmed and a design is adopted right-of-way acquisition will be put in place. Even if the project is 20+ years out landowners will not be able to do with their land as they please. Design concepts have the bypass recommended to be a four-lane road with a multi-use path on one or both sides of the road to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. This could be up to 200’ wide.

The Issue: Destruction of working agricultural farms! Agriculture is still North Carolina’s number one industry generating a 91.8-billion-dollar impact. American Farmland Trust ranks North Carolina as the second-most threatened state, behind only Texas, when it comes to the conversion of agricultural lands to other uses. Due to the recent growth the path of least resistance to construct this bypass sacrifices the people and farms that have not sold out to developers and that are still making a living off their land. This bypass goes straight through MULITIPLE working farms that have been in some of these families for decades or centuries like mine. Not only is agricultural land dwindling at a rapid pace in southern Wake County but this bypass would have many other severe environmental impacts. Other than the devastating loss of prime agriculture land there will be loss of habitats, woodlands, wetlands, watersheds will be disturbed, and increased pollution. People that have lived here decades are now pushed out and priced out of the market they grew up in. The major long-term effect I would want you to consider is will this really be a “bypass?” If this bypass ensues more people will sell out that had no intentions to and more homes/developments/commercial properties will be constructed formulating more congestion. We are counting on you our neighbors and customers to help SAVE OLIVE'S TREE FARM, INC. The thoughts of losing our homes, business, livelihood, heritage, and legacy as an eight-generational farm is absolutely devastating. 

What You Can Do: STAY INFORMED! Check the study website periodically for surveys and virtual meetings. Read through their FAQs. Educate yourself on this bypass and other road projects that are already in works around this area. Email your concerns to local town municipalities, NCDOT, and CAMPO. CAMPOs email is us401corridorstudy@publicinput.com 

Remember this is still in the study phase and NOW is the time to speak before it's to late. Help save the farmers that helped build this community!

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