Homeowners Square Off Over Proposed New Development Near Historic Old Natchez Trace - Roger Susanin


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Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with TN Mornings at 5 am and News at 9 pm.FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A battleground took place Thursday night at a public meeting. The meeting essentially decided what had become a bitter dispute over the future of the piece of land, and in the end the property owner got his wish granted, although nothing is set in stone. The development would sit on 20 acres on Old Hillsboro Road, which is just a stone's throw from the historic Old Natchez Trace. Right now the plan is perfectly legal because the property is currently zoned for 1 acre lots. A last ditch effort to change that fell on its face in front of the Planning Commission. Other homeowners in the area and some local politicians are scrambling to have the area rezoned so that only 5 acre lots can be built in the area. The folks who want to change the law say they are just trying to preserve the area's beautiful scenery and historic importance. Others, including the current property owner Chuck Lynch, say rezoning the land after a sale agreement is in place is like trying to reverse a touchdown after the final whistle blows. The Planning Commission sided with Lynch, and although the county commissioners could still reverse the decision, people on both sides seem to think it's time to move forward.Again, the county commissioners could still change everything at their meeting next month. Protesters say we'll continue to see signs and bumper stickers a little while longer.Follow us on Twitter @wztv_fox17 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates.
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