COUNTY PLANNING BOARD HEARD MORE THURSDAY FROM CITIZENS ABOUT THE PROPOSED 232-ACRE "FARM AT EAGLES NEST" IN ETOWAH

PLANNING BOARD HAS UNTIL NOVEMBER 14TH TO MAKE A DECISION   

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Henderson County’s Planning Board Thursday continued to hear comments from concerned neighbors and citizens about the proposed “Farm At Eagle’s Nest”. That proposed development involves some 232 acres on McKinney Road in Etowah...which will include 299 total units of single family homes, duplexes, eight-plexes, and an RV park.

Most of those who spoke at Thursday’s meeting were against the development, although there were some neighbors who support it.

The Planning Board is waiting for more information from NC DOT on the impact of the development on roads and traffic in the area. Concerns have also been raised about the ability of the Etowah Sewer Company to handle a a development that large, particularly after a recent rainfall event led to an overflow from the system of some 15,000 gallons of untreated wastewater and considering the development’s close proximity to the French Broad River.

Planning Board Chairman Steve Dozier pointed out that with R-1, or Residential 1 zoning at that site, there could potentially be as many as 928 units on that property if all the approximately 500 acres of that property is developed under that zoning classification.

The Planning Board has until November 14 to make a decision, and county planner Autumn Radcliffe says the Board should have all the information it needs, including the traffic study from NC DOT, by the Planning Board’s October 19th meeting.

Florida developer John Turchin is proposing that development along with another large development off South Rugby Road in the Horse Shoe area.