KNIGHTDALE — The town of Knightdale is opening the floor to residents who have a knack for naming streets.
At last week’s Town Council meeting, business owner Nathan Ray suggested renaming Tae Kwon Do Drive, a street that runs near his business, Karate Do.
“(It would be good) for the future of that area ... (to) have names applicable to everyone,” Ray said.
Like most towns, Knightdale is in the habit of naming new streets, not renaming old ones that used to be private drives, said Chris Hills, the town’s planning director. The town took over Tae Kwon Do Drive this summer.
In naming new streets, the town allows developers to make suggestions but requires them to submit at least two names. If a subdivision has five streets, for example, the town will ask the developer for at least 10 names. The town reviews the suggestions and then sends them to the county.
Since Knightdale uses the same 911 dispatch system as the county, it’s important that no two streets have the same name. Once the county reviews confirms no duplicate names, the town discusses the suggestions and selects a name.
Tae Kwon Do Drive doesn’t belong to a developer, so the town council talked about allowing residents to suggest names.
“We don’t typically acquire streets like this,” said town spokesman Brian Bowman. “Most streets are public from the get-go.”
Ray, who grew up in Knightdale, said he didn’t really have a name in mind, but he was thinking about Opulence.
“Opulence is something that deals with wealth and abundance but not in the sense of (money),” he said. “(It deals with it) in the sense of the richness of the spirit of the community.”
The developer of the nearby Laurel Crossing apartment complex used the private street during construction. It then donated the street to the town.
The street, which was like a driveway, has since been widened and outfitted with curb and gutters.
“It makes sense we would name it something new,” Mayor Russell Killen said at the council meeting.
The town’s Land Use Review Board was scheduled to discuss renaming the street at its Nov. 12 meeting.
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