​In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Wake County, Raleigh, Cary, Garner and Apex jointly developed (with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality) and adopted the Swift Creek Land Management Plan as a guide to managing development in the watersheds of Lake Wheeler and Lake Benson, so as to protect water quality in those existing or potential water supply reservoirs. The Wake County Board of Commissioners adopted the Swift Creek Land Management Plan on April 19, 1990.

Session Law 1998-192, adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly on October 22, 1998, prohibits Wake County (and other parties to the Plan) from adopting any development ordinance or granting any development permit that would be inconsistent with the standards and provisions of the Swift Creek Land Management Plan adopted April 19, 1990. This portion of the Water Supply Watershed Protection Policies is a verbatim version of that adopted Plan (thus, page references do not apply to this document). The maps adopted as part of the Plan are attached to the end of this Land Use Plan.

Competing Objectives

It is believed that there are two competing objectives that affect land use patterns and development standards within the Swift Creek watershed: the protection of water quality and the logical extension of urban development.

To view maps of the Swift Creek Land Management Plan, visit the Planning Maps page.

Swift Creek LMP