Residential Rezoning

By Kate Gaier
5:15 pm November 29, 2006

The Rose City is planning for some big changes. County commissioners have voted to allow rezoning on about 90 acres of land on county line road near the north bypass.

This new plan will authorize the development of up to 900 new residential units. Some current residents think it's a great idea, while others aren't so enthusiastic about the plan.

Mary Criswell lives in the area affected and said, "It's not bad if we're allowed to get some of the city utilities like the water and the sewer and stuff like that. I don't think it should be just to that side of the road or for that party because we pay our taxes just like they pay theirs."

Glenda Barton also lives in the area, but is against the development.

"When more people move into the neighborhood there's a higher incidents usually of crime. Right now our neighborhood is really safe. We didn't have to worry about people messing around and bothering our stuff."

Residents who oppose the development say they fear increased traffic and pollution. Developers have a 30 year plan in store for building the 900 new homes.