While the city of Richmond says they think the zone change and annexation of 62.5 acres "is in the best interest" for city residents, a packed commission chamber at Richmond City Hall of local residents expressing concerns said otherwise.

Citizens sat shoulder to shoulder and some even standing to object to the annexation to the city.

At the most recent Richmond City Commission meeting, the board approved order 19-80, which would refer a recommendation to the city's planning and zoning board to annex 62.5 acres of county land to the city of Richmond, which requires an extension of services outside of city limits from first responders and utility companies, which all parties agreed to.

If it is annexed to the city, the property owners on Goggins Lane are requesting a zone change from being a county agricultural zone to a R-2 residential zone for the potential of multi-family housing developments such as duplexes or townhomes.

At the hearing the following Thursday night, residents of the area expressed several concerns about increase in water run-off, increased traffic, instability with rental properties and a future increase of R-2 properties in the area.

Attorney Mike Eaves noted that while traffic would increase, it wouldn't be as bad as what people are thinking and that developing this area was inevitable.

"We are just kidding ourselves if we think it is not going to be developed," he said.

Members of the neighborhood Facebook group also questioned whether or not an economic impact study had been done or would need to be.

Brandon Powell, a planning and zoning board member, said that he didn't see the area as an R-2 zone, as it has only ever been R-1 (single family housing), and the environment is acclimated to such.

Brookline neighborhood resident Rod Mobley said there are no retentions for water near the area and that it opened up potential for flooding to members' homes.

"The water is coming so big that (farmers) are losing grazing land," he said. "I understand we need to build but we're impacting our environment."

He went on to talk about traffic impact if the land was developed.

"The traffic that is backed up on I-75 for us, is a danger to us," he said.

"When you talk about traffic, it's a joke, and if you say it isn't you clearly haven't been in that area," resident Jim Householder added. "It is a danger."

Rose Daniel was the next local resident to speak, blatantly telling the board, "I am not in favor of more buildings."

Several members of the neighborhood in the area suggested, if the board recommends annexation, it be made an R-1A zone, single family residences or to build a park on that side of town.

"We would love to have a park if you all want to build something," said Jennifer Newell.

Courtney Lawrenz moved that if they change the zone only to R-1A and that if she had known the road had the potential to be zoned R-2, she would not have moved to the neighborhood.

"We want you to know this isn't a secluded island of 62 acres," she said. "It effects us all," she said.

After hearing concerns, the board recommended to the commission that the land be zoned as R-1A because of traffic, storm water and environmental concerns, as opposed to the desired R-2 zoning.

Moving forward, the commission will conduct two readings of the proposed ordinance before giving their approval to change the zone, change it with conditions, to not annex the property or refer it back to the board for reclassification.

Jason Hart, the director of the planning and zoning board, said he doesn't believe that a recommendation has ever been sent back.

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