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Developer Defends Stephens Valley Plans

Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 21:06:13-05

The man behind a planned 850 acre development next to the Natchez Trace Parkway has responded to neighbors’ concerns that his proposal will tie up traffic in the area.

John Rochford said his planned development would eventually include 14 hundred custom homes as well as retail and office space.

Last weekend, a group of neighbors called "Citizens for Old Natchez Trace" protested the development by holding signs along Sneed Road, saying the additional homes in the area will just make traffic in the area worse than it already is.

Wednesday, the developer said traffic in the area was already slated to increase by 43% in the next two decades, even without the project.

He said the road changes in his development could actually reduce traffic problems while keeping safety in mind.

“We will be putting in deceleration/acceleration lanes to create moving people out of the line of traffic, widening Sneed Road in sections, matter-of-fact as the plank it's approved it may require at our expense widening Sneed Road all the way to Hillsboro Road,” said Rochford.

He said he will detail more of his plan for the "Stephen's Valley" development Thursday night at the Williamson County Planning Commission meeting at 7 o'clock.