Despite Many Concerns Jackson Board of Alderman Approve Rezoning Request

Even though many locals objected, the Jackson Board of Aldermen voted 6-1 Monday night to rezone almost eleven acres along Ridge Road east of the Bent Creek Subdivision in order to allow construction of duplexes on the property. The vote came after a developer explained plans to construct many duplexes along Ridge Road on property zoned R-2, single-family residential. This project would require rezoning the property to R-3, a zoning classification allowing duplexes and town houses. There was one other public hearing related to rezoning of the property back in February when the aldermen were provided with public feedback and the Jackson Planning and Zoning Commission made the recommendation that the zoning be changed from R-2 to R-4 that would have also allowed multitenant apartments. At the most recent hearing on Monday night, on the R-3 proposal, many residents were concerned duplexes in the neighborhood would still cause more traffic on Ridge Road, which they said is too narrow to accommodate more traffic. The Ridge Road rezoning matter was one of three agenda items considered by the aldermen Monday night related to property development.

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