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Harrisburg Council Approves Controversial Housing Development

Despite resident opposition, Harrisburg's Rocky River Road will be getting a little more crowded. The Harrisburg Town Council has approved the development of a 108-acre tract to accommodate 230 houses. The new development will have a density of 2.11 houses per acre. Current zoning laws allow for two homes per acre. Reported in the (Concord) Independent Tribune, developer Stephen Pace initially requested to build 2.23 homes per acre in a council meeting in January. When residents expressed their worry that the small lot sizes would decrease property prices, Pace altered his plans and returned to the Council on Monday with a plan for wider lots. Residents also worried that the dense development would crowd Harrisburg's already congested roads. To address the problem, Pace will now be required to provide road improvements. One proposal includes adding turn lanes at the intersection of Robinson Church Road and Rocky River Road. Harrisburg Town Council Member Brian Leepard said he approved the changes to the proposal. "I was one of the big ones against this initially," he said. "I'm for growth, but not for hurting homeowners."