Update: Dispute over Development in Harris County - WRBL

Update: Dispute over Development in Harris County

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Midland, Georgia -

Harris County manager Greg Wood said the Planning Commission meeting planned for September 18, 2013 is not a public hearing. Residents will be able to hear more about proposed development but will not be able to make presentations to the Planning Commission.

Developers are proposing some changes to the Woodland Hills neighborhood in Harris County, but not all of the residents are happy about it. Some residents are concerned that their amenities will be replaced with new homes but developers said that isn't the case.

Longtime resident John Grot said the proposed 428 new homes will drive down property values in the community. Developer Lee Duncan said the new homes and improvements to the community will add value to the area.

Grot has lived in Woodland Hills for years and enjoys the quiet atmosphere and rural lifestyle the community offers. He's concerned that the proposed development will take away amenities like the walking trails and bring too many people into the community.

"It's not the changes that make you concerned. It's how the changes are being made and what they're doing. They're changing their plans so all the lots become smaller than the existing lots," said Grot.

But Lee Duncan said the proposed homes were in the original plans for the community but they won't move forward with any plans until they get feedback from residents. Grot is also concerned with the new plot line being so close to the existing golf course that it could be dangerous to children and pets.

"They're right next to the golf cart trails and right alongside where if there are children out in the backyard or dogs in the backyard and people hitting from the tees to the greens these children can easily be hit be a golf ball," said Grot.

"There's no way to guarantee no matter how far away you might be, that somebody's not that good of a golfer and a ball is going to end up in your backyard," said Duncan.

But both men can agree on certain amenities the community needs.

"There are no tennis courts, there is no accommodation for swimming in the community at this time, there is not accommodation for any kind of play area for kids. There's things that just don't work in a community in this nature that we need to be successful," said Duncan.

If residents agree, these amenities will be a new part of this community. Residents will be able hear more about the proposed development at a commission meeting on September 18th.

It will take place at the Harris County Court House at 7:00 PM.

If you have concerns about the development you can also email Lee Duncan at



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