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Council OKs 93-home Providence Walk subdivision

Acting on yet another development that neighbors opposed, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday approved a rezoning request to permit a subdivision of 93 single-family homes on 22 acres behind the Oklawaha Village community and south of Duncan Hill Road.

Council members Lyndsey Simpson and Jerry Smith warned that with 1,300 dwellings on the drawing board the city will need to consider the overall infrastructure needs.

"We really need to be looking at things bigger picture," Simpson said. "It raises so many flags. This is now and this is how many units are coming in and how many are coming down the pipeline at some point we have to stop and look at things."

"After this development," Smith said, "my eyes will be more focused on stepping back and looking at what we're doing with 1,300 units already in the hopper."

But council members who favored the rezoning said that the Providence Walk subdivision, with numerous conditions to address traffic, setback and design concerns, would provide needed housing even if it's not affordable workforce housing.

Voting yes were council members Jeff Miller and Jennifer Hensley and Mayor Barbara Volk. Simpson and Smith voted no.