Swift Creek Land Management Plan

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. 

The goal of the plan is to balance the protection of water quality with the demand for urban development.