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A revised plan for Westbrook - a proposed 99-home subdivision on 45 acres along Long Hollow Pike was passed by a vote of 19 to 4 Monday night by the county commission. The measure had previously been passed by county planners in late June.

The new homes, to be developed by TNHomesites, are expected to be in the $375,000 to $500,000 price range. In a revised plan, developers are leaving 25 percent of the land as open space. The new plan also calls for the developer to install turn lanes in and out of the development.

Despite the go-ahead however, not everyone is supportive of the new development.

Neighboring resident Nathan Stone was one of 12 to speak out against the new development during a public hearing prior to the vote.

"This has been going on a longtime for us - we have been dealing with it since early March and we have stuck with it because we feel like it is not in the best interest of the community the way the lots have been laid out," Stone said. "With medium density, you can have lots as small as 5,000 square feet, or 1/8 of an acre."

Stone also said he believed the development was not consistent with the county's current 2035 Comprehensive Plan, historic preservation, rural preservation and the density of the floodplain.

County leaders previously rejected another proposed development in the area with larger lot sizes - Buchanan Estates. The development would have consisted of 111 lots on 58 acres on the north side of Long Hollow Pike just east of New Hope Road. The main concerns were an increase of traffic problems and potential drainage issues.

Since Westbrook will be outside of any city limits, the only fire protection for residents will have to come from Shackle Island Volunteer Fire Department. Westbrook developers said they plan to support the volunteer department by donating a portion of the subdivision's HOA fees "until fire protection is provided by Sumner County or another municipality."

The development would not qualify for Hendersonville city fire protection and at this time, the county has already said they have no plans to have a county-run fire department.

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