Prattville City Council votes to hold off on opposed development project

Prattville City Council votes to hold off on opposed development project
The Prattville City council voted for the ordinance to rezone property located at Highway 82 at Highway 31 and McQueen Smith Road to be held until Aug. 7 at the petitioner's request.
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Tuesday evening the Prattville City Council held a public hearing in city hall to discuss whether to approve another step in the long process of giving the green light to a project some residents are in opposition of.

A plot of land that was once a cotton field off McQueen-Smith Road in Prattville has become a sore point for some nearby residents. The issue? A developer is looking at possibly building homes and apartments there.

One-by-one residents who were opposed to the rezoning took to the podium to voice their concerns with a developer looking at possibly building homes and apartments there. Plunging home values, safety, and infrastructure among their top concerns.

Residents who live on the edge of the property in the Overlook subdivision fear an apartment complex will send their home values plunging.

The Prattville City council voted for the ordinance to rezone property located at Highway 82 at Highway 31 and McQueen Smith Road to be held until Aug. 7 at the petitioner's request.

Mayor Bill Gillespie told the council during his remarks that there is currently a proposal to the planning commission to amend R3 single family residential zoning on the table.

"We felt they could have made a decision and changed it to R2 and it would have taken the same amount of time to go through and we wouldn't have any concerns about the apartments," said Marriane Dillard, a resident opposed to rezoning.

"I am not happy but I am satisfied. If they keep their promise and change it before it is fine. But if they don't keep their promise their will be some places to go," said Richard Harrison, another resident opposed to rezoning.

Residents say they had a computerized petition with more than 400 signatures against the apartment complex plans. Those that were in attendance Tuesday night say they plan to also be in attendance the night of Aug. 7.

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