Community reacts to development proposal on Matlock Road

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- On Thursday, the Warren County Fiscal Court voted 4-2 to override the Planning Commission's recommendation of denial to approve a proposed development on Matlock Road.

The outcome left a majority of the room shocked and completely disappointed, and the community around Matlock Road is speaking out.

The proposed development plan covers about 46 acres on Matlock Road between Long Road and Fred Lively Road.

"So we go from this semi rural or rural community or aesthetic that you see here, to this densely populated plot," says homeowner on Lock Road, Mark Pendley, pointing to the map proposal.

Many are also concerned about obscuring the countryside view.

"I feel for the community in terms of losing this beautiful aesthetic that we have here in warren county," says Pendley.

Some in the community have views about why the vote got overturned in Fiscal Court.

"Truthfully, it's a shame that our Fiscal Court will allow money and power (to) speak louder than the voice of the people," says homeowner on Matlock Road, Larry Williams.

The developers' attorney, Mark Alcott, reassures that the proposal was done ethically and legally.

"This particular development is completely within the guidelines of the Warren County comprehensive plan," he says.

Another one of the community's biggest concern is the amount of houses planned to be built per acre.

"I'm not saying we're against growth, but we are against whats been proposed upon us," says homeowner on Matlock Road, Sarah Williams.

Alcott says they have already made compromises regarding the density concern.

"We are going to reduce the numbers of homes from 120 to 100 homes in the final development," explains Alcott.

The developers say there will be about two houses per acre, which is still striking a nerve with the residents there now.

"We just ask that they do one home per acre," says Sarah Williams.

Both sides have varying views on what growth means to the community.

"Honestly, it's a good problem to have rather than having people moving out of our community, we have people that want to come and live here," says Alcott.

Alcott says they had two traffic studies completed which shows that with the development there will be a ".4 to .7 second additional delay five years from now at those intersections" during peak hours.

The community says they will likely appeal the decision to the circuit court, but they must do so within 30 days.

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