By: Shalama C. Jackson
Despite hearing concerns at several town meetings about proposed zoning to allow smaller lot sizes, Springdale town officials approved the new 84-home community.
The current zoning calls for half-acre lots, but quarter-acre lots were approved for the proposed community at 300 Wattling Road.
“The first time someone comes up and challenges the zoning, you cave,” resident Jaime Ricard told Town Council members earlier this month.
While council has given a green light to the project, developer Wade Caughman also must get approval from Lexington County, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and other agencies before work on the community can begin.
An expected time for that to happen has not been determined, town officials said. While residents are not opposed to development, their concerns include potential flooding, road widths and traffic.
Resident Kathy Siebert is worried about how development will change the landscape and possibly cause additional storm water and flooding if natural barriers are removed.
Other residents, like Mark Crouch, expressed concern about the impact on the ponds in the area.
“Who will be held liable if the dam on the property breaks?” he asked.
In addition to the pond, the 120-acre development also will include a pool and tennis courts.
Town officials say their approval will allow for more control over the development.
“This will be a plus for Springdale,” said Town Councilman Jacob Wilkerson.
Source: The State Newspaper