North Carolina's progressive annexation laws are constantly under attack and yet they are what have allowed our cities to stay at a healthy level not found in our neighboring states. Anyone driving on White Horse Road must think Greenville, S.C., one unattractive city, and yet, due to South Carolina's archaic laws, the city has no control over its outlying areas, with obvious consequences.
Atlanta is landlocked by other incorporated cities that have left it with only one-tenth of the metropolitan area's 5.5 million residents and some of the worst traffic in the country, largely due to a lack of consensus among competing local governments.
No, we do not need a city of Swannanoa. To get an idea of what our cities would look like without the ability to annex, check out the much-maligned Fayetteville. Cumberland County managed an exemption from the statute, resulting in years of unsightly, uncontrolled development. The exemption was eventually overturned, but the damage is grandfathered. For economic viability, it seems only fair that adjacent urbanized areas be part of the solution. Biltmore Lake, you do not live in some void or Madison County.
Your community would not exist without its proximity to the city you are fighting so hard not to be a part of.
— Steve Woolum