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Proposed Riverwood West is an 'assault on the rights of homeowners'

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2005


The Pollard Land Co. seeks a rezoning of 1,500 acres of land from R-A to PUD to establish Riverwood Plantation West, a high-density Master Planned Community in the Greenbrier area.

Included in this PUD is the placement of a 27-acre, multi-family, 14 units per acre, rental apartment complex to be situated directly adjacent to the Lake Cumberland West Subdivision and across Washington Road from Windmill Plantation subdivision. Both of these subdivisions are zoned single family R-1.

Placing high-density rental apartments in direct contact with Lake Cumberland West will adversely affect property values and the existing quality of life. This type of close contact between single family and multifamily zoning is recognized in the Riverwood Plantation West Planned Unit Development Narrative as something to be avoided within the Riverwood Plantation West master plan. However, they have no qualms about inflicting such conditions on adjacent subdivisions.

The county's zoning ordinance addresses apartments as:

A-R Apartment residential: The A-R district is established for development of multifamily residential dwellings at a density of not greater than 14 units per acre, which have ample open space, recreational areas and off-street parking. Uses in the district must be served by public water and sewer. It is intended that this district be located along arterial streets and be adjacent to existing commercial zoning districts or high-density residential uses, or adjacent to areas designated for commercial or high density residential development on the Growth Management Plan.

One of the apparent intentions of the wording of this zoning is to not locate apartments next to single-family zoned areas.

I understand that growth is inevitable, but in promoting growth, the welfare of all members of the community should be protected.

Our elected officials should assure us that this assault on the rights of homeowners in established subdivisions will not be allowed.

David W. Strohman


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