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Council OKs 132 units on Duncan Hill Road

The Hendersonville City Council authorized a rezoning to allow 132 apartments on 8.7 acres between Signal Hill and Duncan Hill roads, the second of two development requests it granted Thursday night that could lead to almost 600 new dwellings on either side of Four Seasons Boulevard.

Endorsed in a 7-0 vote by the Planning Board, the Duncan Terrace project would add more housing to the North Main Street area from Duncan Hill Road to I-26. The council has approved a large development of townhomes and single-family homes on Clear Creek Road at I-26 and the Providence Walk development of 93 dwellings on North Main south of Duncan Hill Road.

City Tree Board member Glenn Lange appeared during the public hearing to speak against the development, calling it "incompatible with city goals ... as it pertains to the preservation of tree canopy" in the city. The development plans call for removing 320 10-inch or larger oak, maple, hickory, poplar and pine trees on the 8½-acre site. The developer will cut down 144 12-inch or larger trees "and when considering just oak trees, there are approximately 75 12-inch or larger, approximately 44 20-inch oaks and approximately 15 30-inch oaks," Lange said. "The bottom line is that a total of 240 10-inch or larger trees will be completely removed from this property for this development."

The developer proposed to plant just 25 trees to replace those that will be lost, he said.

The developer, Lee Ray Bergman, said because there's no final grading plan she could not commit to how many trees will be removed or added.

Lynne Clark, of Yon Hill Road, urged the council to turn down the rezoning for traffic and density reasons.