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Group protests planned development near Natchez Trace

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Save Stephens Valley protested the proposed developement along the Natchez Trace. (WSMV) Save Stephens Valley protested the proposed developement along the Natchez Trace. (WSMV)

A proposed mega development is continuing to cause mega concern to Williamson County residents.

Protesters were out in full force on the Natchez Trace on Sunday, holding signs showing their frustration.

The Stephens Valley project would include more than 800 homes near the Natchez Trace near Highway 100 in Davidson and Williamson counties.

Community activists said that many homes in the area would bring a traffic tsunami.

With each passing car comes a new opportunity for Laura Turner to share her views on the proposed Stephens Valley development.

The development along the Davidson-Williamson county line would bring thousands of homes as well as commercial development.

“That field and the field further down would be wall-to-wall rooftops,” said Turner, pointing to an area of fields near where the group was protesting on Sunday.

Turner and those in the group named Save Stephens Valley feel that many homes would ruin the historic landscape, add traffic to already busy roads and cost the taxpayers money in the end.

“We will pay to build the school for the residential homes that will be built there. We will pay to improve the roads,” said Turner. “We will have to build a fire station that’s already been acknowledged in this concept plan.”

John Rochford, the project’s developer, told Channel 4 News on the phone that the roads won’t be widened, but a number of turn lanes and safety improvements will be added to help with existing and future traffic. He said it would be at his expense and not the taxpayers.

Rochford also said he will be providing a 500-acre park for residents to enjoy along the Natchez Trace.

“He can say anything he wants to say, but I highly doubt it,” said Turner.

The activists will be attending the Williamson County Planning Commission meeting on April 14 in Franklin when the panel will vote for the concept plans of the Williamson County portion of the development.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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