An ugly battle is brewing in Williamson County over a proposed development along what many people consider to be among the most beautiful corridors in the Midstate.
The scenery along Old Hillsboro Road includes cattle farms, horse ranches and estates. It's one of the many amenities that drew Susan Kaestner and her husband to the area three years ago.
"I pinch myself, 'Oh, my gosh, to live here is absolutely amazing,'" Kaestner said.
But many worry a planned development could change the picture-perfect landscape forever. Bob Parks, a developer and owner of one of the area's largest real estate firms, is developing a new subdivision on 40 acres of land on Old Hillsboro Road that would include 20 homes on one-acre lots.
"They'll be beautiful homes," Parks said. "We're really going to spend some time architecturally and designed to make sure that they reveal the true character of that area."
In 2007, Williamson County adopted its Comprehensive Land Use Plan to preserve the integrity and beauty of the area, requiring five-acre density plots.
While Williamson County Commissioner Mary Brockman admits Parks is well within his rights and zoning laws, she hopes he'll reconsider.
"There's nothing wrong with that. It's just a suburban pattern, and what we have out here is a rural pattern," Brockman said.
There's also concern over traffic.
"There's a lot of people that won't let their kids drive this road, because it's already so dangerous. Now, we're talking about doubling the traffic," said neighbor Rich Warden, a retired road contractor.
Parks maintains there is no need for neighbors to worry.
"The county has looked at our plan and our study and said there's no need for that," Parks said.
Parks hopes to break ground by next summer and expects it to be a two-year project.
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