Pine Level ready for planned growth

By Keith Barnes

kbarnes@kenlynews.com

Johnston County is projected to be one of the fastest-growing areas in North Carolina over the next few years with some of that growth already being felt in the Town of Pine Level, said Randy Jones, Pine Level Planning Board chairman.

“Johnston County is growing and you are going to see it grow more,” said Jones. “Evidently we are appealing in Pine Level but we still want to live up to our slogan as “The best little town in North Carolina.”

“The growth in Pine Level is good but we just have to be cautious in our developments,” said Jones.

The population of the town, according the town website, is listed as 1,790 residents.

Jones said the growth being felt in both Johnston County and Pine Level is evident all over and is being fueled by several factors including Highway 70, which he said was destined to eventually become part of the interstate highway system, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the rapid industrial growth in the Clayton area where Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals currently has plans to hire 700 new employees as part of a proposed $1.2 billion economic investment. 

Grifols Inc. and several other major companies are also located in that area and expected to grow and expand according to Jones.

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