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City council votes to annex property included in Providence Walk plan

With two council members voting against the ordinance, Hendersonville’s city council on Thursday night approved the annexation of nearly seven acres in the planned Providence Walk subdivision off North Main Street.

The 3-2 vote came after several residents speaking during a public hearing online and in digital comments told council they had environmental and safety concerns about plans for the development. Some were concerned about water runoff while others were concerned about the safety of sidewalks and nearby power towers.
Council members Debbie Roundtree and Jerry Smith voted against the annexation ordinance while Mayor Barbara Volk and members Lyndsey Simpson and Jennifer Hensley voted in favor of the ordinance.
In November, council approved a rezoning request to permit the subdivision of 93 single-family homes on 22 acres behind the Oklawaha Village community and south of Duncan Hill Road.
At the time, Smith and Simpson voted no to the rezoning request.
City Manager John Connet said some of the property in the subdivision was annexed into the city before Thursday’s vote to include a remainder of the property that was in its extraterritorial jurisdiction but needed to be annexed.
The developer will be required to meet good construction standards and face reviews from the city to prevent flooding and address stormwater runoff, he said.