Central Valley residents protest proposed rezoning

About 100 Central Valley residents protested Wednesday a request to change the housing density on 144 acres to up to five times its current zoning.

Ron Ross, longtime Central Valley resident and owner of Royal Valley LLC, submitted the request April 16. If approved through the county’s comprehensive plan amendment process, it would change the density from one home to every five acres to 1-5 homes per acre.

The property is 15 parcels that fronts Waaga Way from the south and is surrounded by parcels zoned rural residental on the west, north and east.

Parcels zoned rural residential, urban low residential and urban restricted border the acreage to the south.

Neighbors are concerned hundreds of homes would someday be built there and destroy the rural feel and have heavy environmental impacts.

“We as landowners don’t think as far in advance as developers. We have to start thinking like a developer,” resident Sue Fink told the crowd who had gathered at the Crystal Grange in Brownsville to organize a plan of protest.

Petitions were distributed and so far 150 signatures have been gathered.

Nadean Ross and son Robert spoke on

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