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Residents oppose high-density housing plan

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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Despite some citizen opposition, a large residential development proposal could soon become a reality.

Aug. 21 the planning commission OK’d plans for a neighborhood with 142 single-family homes near the intersection of Studley Road and Old Oaklawn Drive.

The developer, William Garrison of Meridian Land Company, is requesting to rezone 62 acres from A-1, agricultural to single-family residential district, RS(c). Proposed plans for the development, which is called Garrison Manor, include some of its own amenities like a playground and walking trails.

A few citizens, who live in nearby subdivisions, voiced concerns during a public hearing about the size and density of the development.

“That’s an awful lot of houses for a small piece of land,” said Mel Rice, a resident in the Rural Point subdivision.

Rice suggested the developer decrease the number of houses in the proposal.

To address the issue of density, Planning Director David Maloney said that because the property is within Hanover’s suburban service area, a district served by utilities and where most of the county’s growth is targeted, the proposal is aligned with the Comprehensive Plan because the developer hopes to build 2.29 dwellings per acre. The comp plan allows for 1 to 4 units per acre within the suburban service area.

The rezoning is tentatively scheduled for the Hanover  Board of Supervisors’ Sept. 24 meeting.

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