Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Parker Slaybaugh
Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg's Planning Commission got an earful Wednesday from Boonsboro residents. Dozens there have come together to try to block a new development in their area, saying it could hurt their property values, cause light pollution, and increase traffic.
Boonsboro residents launched an organized attack Wednesday that lasted hours.
The John Scott Drive corner of Boonsboro is tucked away. There, homes sit on big yards with plenty of breathing space. But residents worry a new higher-density development would tarnish that country feel, and they let the planning commission know it.
"The unit density and house sizes proposed do not match the character of the John Scott neighborhood," said Tripp Duerson, Boonsboro resident.
It's along John Scott Drive where Concept Design and Development International is looking to build "Seven Springs at Boonsboro," a community with 28 smaller homes on 15 acres surrounded by trails open to the public.
"We believe that the proposed development before you this afternoon is the best use of the land and in the best interest of the City of Lynchburg as a whole," said VP Sarah Quinn, Concept Design and Development International.
Many at the planning commission meeting say that's not true. Some even brought handmade models to support their concerns. They don't want the land changed to a planned unit development.
Among Gastor Brown's concerns, his kids' safety with more traffic.
"Would drive many families like ours to move out...of what we consider one of the most peaceful and safe neighborhoods in the City of Lynchburg," said Brown, holding back tears.
Depite a room full of resistance, the developers stand by the development.
"I think we got this right. I would tell you if we didn't, but I think we got this right," said President Trent Warner, Warner Engineering.
Both sides can continue arguing this. Wednesday, the planning commission tabled talk on this development for a work-session. And they have not yet set a date for that. Lynchburg City Council has the final say.