Things are always pretty exciting in the Town of Summerfield because the town is deeply divided when it comes to the question of how much development should take place there.

Now, however, things are really getting interesting. The Summerfield Town Council recently voted not to renew the town manager’s contract after 12 years at the helm. The town attorney announced his resignation soon after that decision, and the town is hoping to keep a large swath of land owned by farmer and developer David Couch as part of Summerfield.

Couch has a large residential and mixed-use development planned for that land.

So this week, the Summerfield Town Council has called a special meeting for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29 at the town hall to discuss “de-annexation notice and response; public relations firm; notice of town attorney resignation; and modifications to lobbyist contract.”

That’s a lot for one meeting that was scheduled on the fly.

One key concern is a bill introduced in the North Carolina Senate to de-annex the land in question from the town – about 1,000 acres.  That’s  something the town’s leaders certainly don’t want to see.

 Last year, the Town Council gave Couch some of what he had been asking for to entice him not to pursue de-annexation. However, right now it’s anybody’s guess what will happen.

NC House of Representatives District 59 Rep. Jon Hardister, who’s seeking the job of NC Commissioner of Labor, told the Rhino Times that, ideally, the best outcome in matters of this type is for them to be settled locally – but Hardister added that he’s not sure how this will all play out.