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Wilson County Homeowners Involved In Zoning Dispute

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by Mark Bellinger

LEBANON, Tenn. - A group of Wilson County homeowners took action on a zoning dispute involving developers after a planning commission approved a controversial subdivision in their neighborhood.

Donna Womack moved into a neighborhood on Rome Road north of Lebanon nearly eight years ago.

The homes and land across the street are in the city where the current zoning law allows one home per three acre lots.

Womack said deed restrictions also limit builders to one house per lot.

Two weeks ago developer Justin Rogers bought two of those lots.

He said he had the support of the local city councilman to subdivide the property and build more than 20 homes.

"I bought property based on a verbal commitment from a council member that I would have his support," said Rogers who is a developer.

The city's planning commission approved his plan. That's when Womack and her neighbors began their campaign to stop the development. They said they were worried about a creek running though the property.

"We had very serious concerns about how that would affect our drainage. We had concerns about how this would affect our property value," explained Womack.

Tuesday night Womack presented the neighborhood's concerns to the full Lebanon City Council and the Council rejected the developer's proposal. To the surprise of many people, the vote was 6-0.

Rogers had tried to get the council to defer a vote, so he could make some changes, but the council didn't listen.

"It's within a mile of the statue in the downtown square. If they don't want development here where do they want it done?" said Rogers.

Womack said there were high fives after the vote. "I know a number of my neighbors last night made the comment they have a little more faith in our city council and city government now because of this, that actually the little guy does get to win every now and then.:

Rogers said he's not giving up on his plans and wants to see if he can come up with a better plan that is acceptable to more people, including neighbors.

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