An 80-home subdivision was given the thumbs up on McCannon Morris Road Jan. 9.
County commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of a request by Hoyt Morris, represented by Site Enhancement Inc., to rezone 81.59 acres from A-1 to R-1 for a subdivision of up to 80 lots.
Developer Adam Swann said the homes will all be stick-built with a 1,600-square-foot minimum. He said the number of lots will likely be reduced during the planning process, but 80 represents the maximum number of lots. A water line will be run about a mile from Hwy. 72 to the development.
“We feel this is a good opportunity and a good area for growth,” said Swann.
Six people spoke in opposition to the proposal Monday, citing concerns about more traffic at a dangerous intersection of Hwy. 72 and McCannon Morris Road, about their fears of contamination of neighboring well water from septic tanks at the development, about potential reductions in land values and about possible increases in crime.
Neighboring resident Steve Bates said that each house will be about two vehicles, bringing about 150 more vehicles to the intersection each day, which he said is very dangerous. He said he has spoken with numerous nearby homeowners who opposed the plans. He said Madison County has always been considered a rural county, but approval of developments such as this one could hurt the rural identity of the county and put a strain on the local government.
“I’m for progress but this puts more burden on the taxpayers,” he said.
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