By: Shalama C. Jackson
Town Council voted unanimously on first reading in favor of a request from developer Wade Caughman to change zoning on the Parrish property at 300 Wattling Road.
Caughman has proposed to build 84 homes, each on a quarter-acre lot.
Current zoning requires that homes be built on a half-acre lot.
The 40-acre subdivision would include a community pool, pond and tennis courts.
“I think it’s going to be a quality neighborhood,’ said Town Councilman Jacob Wilkerson. “I think it is a plus for Springdale.”
Three councilmen, including Juston Ricard and Gus Manos, spoke in support of the project before they voted in favor of it.
“I know the decision we make tonight will affect the rest of us for the rest of our lives,” Manos said.
The Planning Commission recommended the rezoning in April. The commission postponed action in March after residents filled Town Hall to express concerns.
“Anytime you have growth you have little headaches,” Wilkerson said.
City officials said some changes have been made in the initial proposal. There will be one entrance and exit to the property, with a turn lane on Wattling Road. Also, a walking path through the community to Springdale Elementary School has been added.
Council has to wait six days before taking a second vote on the issue, Mayor Pat Smith said.
Source: The State Newspaper