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New owner seeks county OK for subdivision near WHHS

The new owner of the 20-acre Haywood Park property west of West Henderson High School has filed a request for a 20-home subdivision, a proposal scaled back from a 32-lot plan that Henderson County commissioners denied in April 2019.

Engineer Jared DeRidder of WGLA Engineering submitted the request on behalf of Haywood Park LLC owner Luis Graef. The applicant said that he planned to plant either 22 large and 33 small hardwood trees or 55 large and 132 small evergreen trees to meet buffer requirements under the county's land-use plan. The developer proposes to set aside 2 acres as open space at the rear of the site where two west-flowing streams converge.

After the Board of Commissioners denied the request in 2019, the owner submitted a revised plan, also for 20 lots. Although the Planning Board approved in a 5-2 vote, the developer never broke ground. The county Technical Review Committee will vet the application at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the countynoffice building  at 100 N. King St.