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County rejects rezoning for 32 homes across from Haywood Knolls

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to deny a rezoning to allow a development of 32 homes in the Haywood Park Estates subdivision west of West Henderson High School.


Commissioners agreed with residents who opposed the development on the ground that it was too dense for the location. Commissioner Michael Edney questioned the width of the roads as shown in the development plans.
“Roads are only 15 feet wide. Where the heck are they going to park and where are their friends going to park and on Halloween where’s anybody going to park?” he said.
Scott Burwell, an engineer for the developer, said the homes had two-care garages and room in the driveway for two more cars if needed.
Phil Rasmussen, who owns the only home in the development, objected to the rezoning, saying the new designation would be twice as dense as the surrounding residential zoning.
Commissioner Bill Lapsley said he agreed with Edney’s concerns over “the width of the road and traffic and people walking and the density.”
“There’s too many units in the proposed proposed and I will not support a motion to change the zoning of this property,” he said.
With that, commissioners Charlie Messer and Rebecca McCall said they agreed, although McCall said affordable housing is needed in that part of the county.