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Residents voice concerns about new development

Jake Old • Mar 16, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Residents voiced their complaints and concerns about possible developments in the Johnson Heights subdivision in Lebanon on Wednesday through a community meeting organized by Fred Burton, city councilor for Ward 2. 

 

Dozens of residents attended, and they were all against a rezoning of the property. 

The rezoning would be approximately 58 acres on Hartsville Pike from medium density residential 12,000 to medium density residential 9,000. The change would alter the minimum lot requirement to 9,000 square feet from 12,000 square feet. 

The proposed rezoning was previously considered by the Lebanon City Council in February, but Burton led a push to defer voting until city officials and residents could further discuss the plans. 

Two representatives were there on behalf of the developer of the property, along with Paul Corder, Lebanon planning director, to answer questions.

Among the concerns raised by those in attendance were traffic, safety, drainage, population density, property devaluation and not wanting interconnected roads. 

A current cul-de-sac in the neighborhood would be extended for use as an entrance to the new subdivision. Every resident there was against it. 

Officials discussed the fact that there is only one entrance and exit to the Johnson Heights subdivision, and that by further development, a second entrance would be created. Residents said that they did not want a second entrance, and it would create more problems than it would solve.

The city’s future land use plan requires the two developments to be connected, Corder said. The city would like to see increased connectivity of roads. 

Residents said they did not want a densely populated neighborhood increasing traffic through their own roads. 

Corder said that in a recent survey of residents, one of the biggest pieces of feedback was that there’s not much to do in Lebanon, and in order to increase that sort of development, having high density neighborhoods is required. 

“Having lower density does not benefit the city in any way,” Corder said. 

The ultimate takeaway for those in attendance was that there will be some sort of development on the property, and when it happens 

Residents pleaded with Burton to remember how they feel about the issue when a rezoning vote comes before the city council on April 4.  They said that the developers should have to work within the current zoning. 

Staff writer Xavier Smith contributed to this report.

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