The number of homes in a Fayetteville neighborhood will double after a city council vote — causing some neighbors to take legal action.
In a 5 to 3 vote the Fayetteville City County decided the Roling Hills neighborhood will now have 10 units per acre – as opposed to the current 4 units per acre.
And more units means smaller lots – something residents aren’t happy about.
The current lot size for a single-family home is 8,000 square feet.
With the new rezoning that decreases to 4,000.
Fayetteville Mayor Lionel Jordan told council members he would have voted against the rezoning as well but since the vote wasn’t tied, a vote from him wasn’t needed.
After months of campaigning against the rezoning, one homeowner says she’s going to find alternative ways to keep the density in her neighborhood down.
“We already have been talking with the owner of the property to possibly purchase 10 acres to make into an outdoor classroom for all the district to use and to preserve some of that greenspace,” Rolling Hills resident Adrienne Kvello said.
KNWA reached out to the five council members who voted for the rezoning.
None of them wanted to do an on camera interview.
But according to the Fayetteville City Council minutes – Ward Two council member Matthew Petty said in part –“I think it is very natural to fear these things but I support it because it is just one more step up on that zoning spectrum. I really don’t think it has the kind of impacts that are being feared. I think this is the right move for the city.”