Clemmons de-annexation falls flat in Raleigh
Published 12:10 am Thursday, July 20, 2023
CLEMMONS — Concerns over a house bill that featured a rider, which would de-annex three parcels from the Village of Clemmons, were assuaged on Wednesday.
In its initial draft, House Bill 5 (H.B. 5) concerned de-annexation for properties from Fuquay-Varina, a town in Wake County, two hours by car from Clemmons.
In that form, it did not feature any mention of Clemmons. The rider, which ultimately did include Clemmons, found its way onto the bill after it went to the NC State Senate for consideration.
During the committee process, Sen. Steve Jarvis (R-District 30), which covers Davie and Davidson counties, tacked on the Clemmons de-annexation proposal.
Upon return to the General Assembly, Rep. Jeff Zenger (R-Forsyth) motioned to vote on the bill in its original context without the portion that would impact Clemmons.
The bill was approved unanimously during its last time through the House. In total, 102 legislators, both Democrat and Republican, voted to pass it.
The bill’s original sponsor Rep. Erin Pare (R-District 37), the original sponsor of the bill did not vote on the bill. Her non-vote was listed as excused on ncleg.gov, the site that tracks all Senate and General Assembly action.
In a statement after the bill, Clemmons Mayor Mike Rogers called the outcome a “positive” one.
“I take great pride in representing our residents’ and business owners’ rights and quality of life, and it was a pleasure working with the Voglers and all of the parties involved to ensure a positive outcome,” Rogers said. “As always, it takes a village.”
The Voglers, who own the property on Lewisville-Clemmons Road at the center of the de-annexation question, expressed opposition to the bill after their parcels were attached for de-annexation from Clemmons.
In a strongly-worded letter to state legislators, the Voglers said they were “100% opposed” to their property’s inclusion in the bill, adding that they were “determined” to remain a part of the Village of Clemmons.
For now, they get their wish.