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Midland neighborhood voices concerns about upcoming development

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A developer aims to put a subdivision of more than 90 homes just outside the property line of the Promenandes subdivision.

Those living in the existing homes worry that the upcoming set of homes could affect their privacy and traffic through their neighborhood. Residents and the developer took the debate to council in hopes of a resolution.

"We're talking about a rezoning of 35 acres on Veteran's Parkway on the north side of Promenades subdivision," explains Dave Erickson, President of Tiger Creek Development.

The current wooded lot will soon become a Planned Unit Development, or PUD, with homes along the rear property line of the Promenandes.

Residents are also concerned the windows of the new homes could leave some of the existing homes open to on-lookers.

"We have a courtyard or patio - depending on which term you're more comfortable with - that faces the property that's subject to rezoning," says Promenade resident David Lefcourt.

Lefcourt says because of this, he and other residents propose that a planting tree buffer could help alleviate this issue, but not solve it.

"The trees that they're supposed to be planting there are supposed to act as a buffer, but it takes a while for trees to grow where they actually become a buffer," Lefcourt said. "So, we also wanted the houses built along the property line not to have windows where people could just look out into our bedroom."

His proposal led to a lengthy debate between councilors and Erickson.

"So the discussion here was about the tree buffer plus no windows on the back or tree buffer only," Erickson shares.

Residents also raised concerns about the additional traffic that would come from building the homes.

"It's a brand new neighborhood are we're some concerned that construction traffic and people trying to avoid the entrance, a very dangerous curve on Veteran's Parkway, will come through our neighborhood once that subdivision is built," added Patricia Ashley, also a Promenade resident.

City council considered all of these things before the final vote was taken.

The ordinance did pass in City Council, granting a sight distance easement at the entrance to the new subdivision and a planting buffer between the two properties.

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