Residents from Williamson and Davidson counties grabbed their signs and posted them at the Sneed Road-Temple Road intersection to protest an upcoming mega-housing development.
“This is the country part to the town and country lifestyle,” said Laura Turner, who lives off Old Natchez Trace.
The $1 billion Rochford development intends to build 1,400 custom homes on the Williamson County side, plus a boutique hotel, restaurant and office space on the Davidson County side in Bellevue.
Just a few years ago, Turner fought to save the historic road. Now, she thinks it might be endangered again, on top of the eight national landmarks in the 850-acre development.
Others worry about an increase in the already problematic traffic, as well as a coinciding lack of infrastructure improvements.
“The developers aren’t gonna pay for the roads or improve the roads,” said Al Briggs, a Stephens Valley resident. “That’s going to be on the taxpayers.”
While developer John Rochford intends to leave some space green, the protesters said they are still concerned about the character of the area.
“He’s going to leave 60 percent of it green, well the reason he’s gonna leave 60 percent of it is because he can’t build on it,” said Bellevue resident Brian Foraker. “But he doesn’t tell you that.”
The group is encouraging neighbors to voice their concerns at the Williamson County Highway Department meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at 302 Beasley Drive in Franklin. For more information, visit http://www.savestephensvalley.com.