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Hartselle rezones Garner Road land for development

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com 340-2469

HARTSELLE — There will be more home construction on Garner Road, but not as much as expected.

A unanimous City Council voted Tuesday night to approve Bill Camp's application to rezone 34 acres from Agricultural 1 to Residential 1.

Some residents in the area complained about the development last month. They were concerned about traffic.

But complaints subsided when the developer removed townhouses from the project, City Planner Jeremy Griffith said.

Earlier in the day, Camp's plan received support from the Planning Commission. In April, the commission approved his 88-unit plan that included 15 townhouses. On Tuesday morning the commission approved modified plans that included only 76 residential lots.

"By law, there is nothing we can do to deny the request for the subdivision," Councilman Bill Smelser said before Tuesday's public hearing.

Concerns about traffic in the area surfaced before Camp submitted his application. In July 2005, the commission tried to delay Hampton Manor, a 50-unit development in the area.

The commission denied the application, but changed its position when City Attorney Larry Madison said traffic couldn't be the sole reason for denial.

The council has tried to alleviate some of the traffic problems in the area. In 2006, city leaders spent $142,000 widening and resurfacing Garner Road, but this didn't eliminate the problem.

Garner is a narrow road that primarily served farms until development started in the area. In the past 12 years, especially since the nearby Barkley Bridge Elementary school opened, this has been the fastest developing area in Hartselle.

Since 1989, city records show that developers have constructed almost 300 homes that drivers access from Garner Road.

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